By Bukola Afeni
Media practitioners in Nigeria have been urged to produce data-driven stories that could improve the country’s nutritional status.
This was the crux of a 3-day training on nutrition reporting for Nigerian journalists held in Abuja by the Civil Society Scaling up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN).
During the training, Chief Editor, Nature Africa, Mr Akin Jimoh, stressed the need for journalists to tell their stories in simple understandable languages, urging Nigerian journalists to develop expertise in writing nutrition stories.
“It is important for media practitioners to portray their story in a way that people will understand. We need to utilize data visualisation in reporting nutrition stories,” Jimoh stated.
Speaking further, he said such “stories should be able to elevate the place of people in the society and the benefit of consuming nutritious food. Nutrition affects everyone in the society.”
He also urged the journalists to produce compelling human angle stories.
CS-SUNN’s Executive Secretary, Sunday Okoronkwo said the theme of the media training “Strengthening the capacity of Journalists for improved nutrition reportage and visibility” is strategic to improve the knowledge of journalists.
Okoronkwo also reiterated the fact that dealing with the root cause of malnutrition will go a long way in tackling malnutrition in the country.
In the same vein, the Communication Officer, Mrs Lilian Okafor said there is a need to improve nutrition reporting to end malnutrition in the country.
” Media practitioners need to constantly write on nutrition stories. They need to intensify effort by ensuring that Nigerians consume food that has the right nutrients,”she said.