Peace Journalist of the Week
The Peace Journalist of the Week features the Peace Journalist that has reported a local or community-led peace initiative or has used lessons and tools from the PJ workshop to cover violence and its effects on society and individuals.
In our maiden issue, Arukaino Umukoro, Senior Correspondent with Punch Newspaper is our Peace Journalist of the week.
We asked him a few questions.
PJN: Briefly describe how you used the Matloff sensitive interview technique.
I used the technique during my interviews with children and women at the Internally Displaced Persons Camps in Yola. They shared their stories of captivity under the Boko Haram insurgents and their rescue by the military. One of the key things was the use of empathy to reach them.
PJN: Tell us briefly about your interviewee(s).
They are women who were forced to marry Boko Harem insurgents. They were raped and abused. Children were those who lost their parents, and some other women lost their husbands to Boko Harem while some of their children are still missing.
PJN: Was the technique useful to you and to your interviewee?
Yes the technique was successful because they were at ease to reveal sensitive issues and critical information to me.
PJN: How did your interviewee respond?
They became at ease and were more relaxed when the technique was used.
PJN: Would you recommend this technique to your colleagues?
Definitely I will. It is effective.
Umukoro is a 2015 recipient of the prestigious CNN African Journalist of the Year (Sport Category).