Journalism in democratic societies holds the power and responsibility to inform and inspire the public for targeted social actions. In inspiring the public to take action, journalists are required to gain an in-depth understanding of social problems and the policymaking process, alongside the ability to tell stories that motivate the public into positive actions. This makes journalists a bridge linking the public and the issues with policies affecting them.
In recognition of the need to promote development through journalism, the School of Media and Communication, Pan-Atlantic University, working with a group of Nigerian Journalists, conscious of the roles journalists play in democratic societies, hereby congregates a body of journalists under the umbrella of “SMC-Coalition of Nigerian Journalists for Social Change.” (CNJ)
The CNJ shall consist of a group of journalists (by voluntary association) covering thematic beats in the Nigerian journalism space who commit to promoting justice, good governance, accountability and social change in the economic and socio-cultural aspects of the Nigerian society. Through precise, data-based reporting and policy analysis, CNJ shall at all times seek to contribute to public discourse on social issues, and promote development journalism so as to drive political will toward positive policy solutions to the social issues confronting average Nigerian citizens at any time
The CNJ will serve as a platform for engaging journalists for purposes of promoting solution-based journalism that will foster formulation of positive policies and behavioural changes among the Nigerian populace aimed at bringing about solutions to different social and developmental issues in the country.
Specific focus of the Association will include:
CNJ is committed to promoting justice, development, project monitoring and accountability, and social change in the economic and socio-cultural spheres of the Nigerian society. Through precise, data-based reporting and policy analysis, CNJ hopes to contribute to public discourse on social issues, and promote development journalism so as to drive political will toward positive policy solutions to the social issues confronting average Nigerians and the country as a whole at any time.
The activities of CNJ will be under the guidance and supervision of a Board of Trustees which shall compose of three permanent members of the School of Media and Communication (SMC), Pan-Atlantic University and three elected members from the membership of the Association as well as an Executive Secretary who shall be appointed by the BoT.
The organizational structure of CNJ is depicted in the Organogram below:
The BoT shall be composed of Seven (7) members; three (3) permanent members from SMC and three (3) non-permanent members duly elected among the journalists and one (1) executive secretary. The BoT shall be headed by a Chairman elected by the members and who shall exercise office for a term of three (3) years and maybe re-elected for a second term.
The permanent members shall come from the following Departments/Section of SMC:
Duties and Responsibilities of BoT
The Executive Secretary will be duly appointed for a term of two (2) years and entitled to two (2) tenures of office. The responsibilities of the Executive Secretary shall be as follows:
Membership of CNJ is open to all journalists that have undergone professional and competence reskilling programmes at the SMC. Admission process will follow a formal application which will be subject to consideration by the BoT. Successful applicants may undergo oral interviews before formal admission. Formal Admission will also involve acceptance by the applicant to comply with the rules and regulations of the Association.
The following benefits are accruable to members of CNJ:
Opportunity to expand network base and interact with thought leaders in both professional and academic settings.
Activities of CNJ will be funded through sponsorship and members’ contributions in cash or kind. The Association will solicit funding from corporate bodies, embassies and consulates and other international organizations and donors, with passion for strengthening media capacity in order to support research and promote developmental objectives and systems in the sub-Saharan African countries
The Association shall strive at all times to foster high sense of discipline in the members. Members are expected to exhibit strong ethical standards and operate strictly in accordance with the codes of ethics of journalism as well as the codes of conduct set by the Nigerian Institute of Journalism and the Nigerian Press Council. Members shall be assessed based on compliance with the above codes of conducts. Cases of infringement and violation will be referred to the Disciplinary Committee for adjudication and necessary sanctions.
The activities of the committee may include;
The committee is responsible for sourcing for sponsorship and maintaining relationships with the existing sponsors. Other responsibilities include;
The goal of the Committee is to assess the information and training needs of the CNJ members and to encourage, develop, coordinate and/or deliver responses to those needs. Specifically, the committee is saddled with the responsibility of:
The Disciplinary Committee’s role is to monitor the professional practice of the members in order to fulfill the overarching mission of the group which is to promote justice, good governance, accountability, and social change in the economic and socio-cultural aspects of the Nigerian society through precise, data-based reporting and policy analysis. It ensures that the behaviours of members are flawless and that their deeds and actions respect the journalism code of ethics. A separate code of conduct shall be drawn up to spell out avoidable disciplinary issues and the attendant sanctions for infringement.
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