Peace Journalism Workshop

On April 21, five tertiary institutions in Adamawa State attended a one-day workshop on peace journalism hosted at AUN. The US Embassy in Abuja is a partner in the training program.

The participants were students from: Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola; Adamawa State University, Mubi; Federal Polytechnic, Mubi; Adamawa State Polytechnic, Yola, and AUN. The workshop was aimed at building a network of peace journalists in Nigeria, said Dr. Presly Obukoadata of SAS, who moderated the workshop.

In the first presentation, the Interim Associate Dean of SAS, Dr. Jacob Udo Jacob, addressed the participants on the tenets of peace journalism, a new approach to news reporting that is sensitive to conflict resolution. Professor Jacob has been spearheading the effort to entrench this approach in the University’s communication studies.

Dr. Jacob said that any journalist reporting on crisis should also have a decent knowledge about peace and conflict resolution. The professor began his presentation by showing how terrorists carry out negative propaganda through an appeal to the emotions of people. What gives terrorists joy is that the media report news which traumatizes people.  Dr. Jacob maintained that terrorism appeals to the emotions of fear and some forms of violence.

“For the terrorists the major tool they use is emotional blackmail which the media help in carrying along to the people.”....