The Daily Trust Foundation, supported by MacArthur Foundation, has begun a three-day intensive workshop on Investigative Photography with a view of enhancing the skills of journalists in photojournalism.
The training, which holds at Links Hotel, Abuja, will run from Tuesday 8 to Thursday 10, October.
The participanting journalists, both budding and established, were drawn from various news organisations from across the country.
Speaking at the training, the Chairman of the Foundation, Wada Maida, said its essence was to boost the capacity of journalists towards being more creative and imaginative when taking pictures.
According to Mr Maida, reporters and editors present at the event should engage themselves in continuous learning and gain more knowledge to expand their skills.
“As journalists you must play your own part in the fight to enthrone transparency and accountability in Nigeria, using various approaches.
“If you are alleging wrongdoing, one of the evidence that the statute books in Nigeria require you to produce is photographic.
“Incidentally, many journalists have produced award-wining photographs as they investigated criminal activities and wrong doings in the society,” he stated.
Mr Maida also reminded the journalists of the Chapter Two, Section 22 of the 1991 Constitution which states that: “The press, radio, television and other agencies of the mass media shall at all times be free to uphold the fundamental objectives contained in this Chapter and uphold the responsibility and the accountability of the Government to the people.”
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the support by MacArthur for investigative photography training was to ensure that journalists are equipped with the capacity to hold government accountable to the people.
The chairman, further explain how photography is gradually becoming mainstream in our trade, with the emphasis on visual journalism, where you have virtual reality, documentaries, interactive infographics, illustrations and many more.
He therefore, encouraged journalists to learn the skill of taking best shots and use the knowledge to carry out investigations, as more investigate journalists are needed in Nigeria.
In his remark, the Chief Executive Officer and Editor in Chief of Daily Trust, Munnir Dan-Ali, urged journalists to be more passionate about their job and apply more creativity, saying that it would take them to places.
According to him, “Journalists should be able to differentiate a good picture from a bad one, as some are about history, cultural events and so on.”