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Investigating eco-journalism in Lagos, Nigeria

Post no bills. CC BY-NC-SA Adam Thomas.
Post no bills. CC BY-NC-SA Adam Thomas.(photo: Adam Thomas)

J-Hub is an international peer-to-peer journalism education and (software) development workshop series that was initiated by Communication for Change, Goethe Institute, Pixelchiefs and XMLab in 2011. The first Eco J-Hub, in association with Sourcefabric, is taking place from 13 - 17 March in Lagos promotes and supports eco-journalism, with a focus on online and mobile technologies, in Nigeria and beyond.

We have three main objective to achieve before the week is out:

  • Provide a platform for eco-journalism in Nigeria.
  • Extend reach and amplification of Nigerian eco-journalists and their work.
  • Establish global media and commercial partners for the project.

We begin the workshop with a few assumptions that may or may not prove to be true. The process of investigating these statements will hopefully produce some great debate, good documentation and some amazing articles on Lagos's politics.

1. Eco-journalism is not a single beat, it's not a narrow range of topics - it's a way of looking that changes the way we do news, and influencing audience attitudes.

2. Eco-journalists need to understand and work with a wider media ecology. Beyond their own news organisations, this includes sources, readers, audiences, communities and social media networks.

3. Innovative mobile and online technology complements transform the way we do research, tell our stories, and communicate with our audiences.

Follow our progress over at ecojournalism.org or keep an eye on the Twitter hashtag #ecojhub. Get involved, contribute and add your voice to that of some of Nigeria's leading journalists and bloggers.