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The ICIR Seeks Entries for its Promoting Democratic Governance project

The International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR) is inviting applications from suitable and qualified journalists for its “Promoting Democratic Governance in Nigeria Project”.

The Promoting Democratic Governance in Nigeria Project aims to strengthen the capacity of the media to promote transparency, accountability, and good governance in Nigeria, particularly in the Northwest.

The Project is supported by the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria under its “Public Diplomacy Small Grants Programme”.

The application is for journalists in media houses in the Northwest states of Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina, Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa, and Zamfara across print, electronic and digital media.

Twenty journalists will be selected.
The project will build capacity and provide financial support for selected journalists to work with Civil Society Organizations and the ICIR to undertake investigative and data-driven reports on transparency and accountability issues.

Candidates with a minimum of two years experience practising as journalists working in print, electronic, and online media from the Northwest geo-political zone can apply. They would be expected to report on accountability issues in their respective states.

Freelancers with a track record of critical reporting are also welcome. Intending journalists must provide proof of prior critical reporting in the last 12 months.

Applications are therefore requested from journalists who meet the stipulated eligibility

Being a gender-inclusive organisation, the Centre strongly encourages qualified female journalists to apply.

The organiser says in the last five years, the Centre has worked to build the capacity for journalists to undertake investigative, data-driven reporting, thus strengthening accountability and engendering effective service delivery for the welfare of the citizens, particularly at the sub-regional level.

The deadline for the submission of applications is August 18, 2023. interested applicants can apply here


Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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