The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has urged media professionals in Nigeria to embrace  data gathering  in order to ensure accurate  and credible  reportage.

UNICEF Communication Officer, Lagos Field Office, Mrs Blessing Ejiofor, made the call in Ibadan at a two-day workshop on  data-driven reporting  for no fewer than 50 journalists.

NAN reports that the workshop was organised by UNICEF in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Lagos State.

Ejiofor who said data is  critical to policy-making in every organisation, urged journalist to ensure that news and reports are  accurate and credible.

“For our report to be credible and believable, we need accurate data from credible sources which make such reports to be credible and believable by people who read or watch,’’ she said.

Ejiofor said that the workshop was aimed at training participants on how to effectively turn data into stories, adding that it would also create opportunities for data supported advocacy for children in the Nigerian media.

The workshop, she added, would also familiarize journalists with key finding of multiple indicator cluster survey as it relates to children and women in the South West  Zone and Edo.

Earlier, the NOA Director, Mr Waheed Ishola said  the workshop was aimed at training journalists on gathering of  data and their interpretation for news reporting.

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