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Special Assistant to the Governor of Delta State on Community Newspapers, Mr Jonathan Onwuka

ASABA/Nigeria: The Special Assistant to the Governor of Delta State on Community Newspapers, Mr Jonathan Onwuka, has disclosed that his office is set to organise a workshop for Community Newspapers Publishers in Delta State in December 2021.

Mr. Onwuka in a statement released on Monday, said the capacity building workshop is meant to enhance the efficiency and productivity of Community Newspapers publishers in the state in information dissemination, especially in projecting the activities, programmes and achievements of the Senator Ifeanyi Okowa led administration.

The theme of the Two-Day workshop which is “Community Newspapers as Nexus for Democratic Development in Nigeria”, will hold between Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 December, 2021 at Benizia Hotels, Asaba.

The Governor’s aide stated that, the theme was well crafted to prepare publishers and writers ahead of the task of providing balanced opinion and reporting of activities leading to the next general elections and, as the state prepares for another transition process, publishers should be in tune with what is expected of them as watchdogs of the society, especially in this era of misinformation.

“Resource persons expected at the workshop are top notched professionals with wide range of experience and expertise in managing communication between citizens and the government in election era as well as shaping public discourse and opinions in the political climate,” Mr  Onwuka added.

The Two-Day workshop, he said, will cover topics such as “Community Journalism As Instrument of Good Neighbourliness and Unity, Grassroots Political Reporting and Agenda Setting,, Journalism 101: Basic Principles for Storytelling, Value Reorientation and Peace Building As Essential Functions of Community Newspapers and Publishing for Profits: Strategies and Prospects.”

Participants expected at the workshop are members of the Association of Community Newspapers Publishers of Nigeria amongst other writers from across the twenty-five local government areas of Delta State.

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