The Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID) has announced its maiden West Africa Journalism Innovation Conference (WAJIC).
According to CJID, the conference will take place between July 24-26, 2023 in Abuja, Nigeria’s political capital.
On the evening of July 24, an art exhibition will be held and the main conference will run through the 25th -26th, 2023.
“#WAJIC2023 will host over 300 journalists, media professionals, the academic community, policymakers, government institutions, and other relevant stakeholders across West Africa to discuss the state of accountability journalism in West Africa and how innovation is impacting its evolution, values and principles.
“The conference will feature workshops, expert panels, and explore media innovations and technological tools that can fortify journalism practice in the African region. It will also foster networking opportunities and collaboration that can improve accountability journalism in ways that meet the yearnings of democracy and development in the interest of Africa”.
The delegates will together explore innovative approaches to accountability journalism along these thematic areas such as the future of journalism education; advancing investigative reporting for democratic accountability; driving accountability with data journalism; methods, analysis, and visualization; solutions approach to journalism and artificial intelligence.
Other areas include digital technology and journalism interface; press freedom and shrinking spaces; media in West African elections; observation, reporting, and polling; media and society; information disorder in the digital age and exploring funding and sustainability models for newsrooms.