#NLNGChangeYourStory Workshop: Empowering journalists with digital communication skills

NLNG officials, workshop facilitators and participants in a group photograph at the end of the 3-day workshop 

The 2023 edition of #NLNGChangeYourStory workshop aimed at enhancing the digital communication and social media skills of journalists, has successfully come to a close with over 20 Nigerian journalists trained. 

Sponsored by the Nigeria LNG (NLNG) Limited, the annual capacity-building workshop, which spanned three days, brought together journalists from various editorial sections, and focused on mobile and multimedia journalism. The event was organised in collaboration with The Journalism Clinic, a renowned institution in the field.

During the closing ceremony last Thursday, June 22, 2023 in Lagos,  Mr. Andy Odeh, the General Manager of External Relations and Sustainable Development at NLNG, stated that the initiative was born out of a vision conceived in 2015, which is aimed at equipping journalists with the necessary tools and skills to navigate the ever-changing landscape of digital communication and social media. He emphasised NLNG’s recognition of the significance of embracing new technologies and platforms to effectively convey stories that resonate with the Nigerian populace in today’s fast-paced digital age.

Mr. Odeh stated, “The driving force behind this workshop lies in our firm belief that our stakeholders are not just partners in our current success; they are an integral part of our journey towards greater heights. At Nigeria LNG, we understand that our growth and success are intricately linked to the growth and success of those around us. We aim to create a symbiotic relationship where both parties thrive together.”

He further elaborated on NLNG’s commitment to capacity building, expressing the Company’s profound belief in the immense potential of its stakeholders. 

Recognising the pivotal role journalists play in shaping narratives and influencing public opinion, NLNG sought to empower them by providing the necessary skills to change their own stories and, consequently, shape the nation’s stories. To deliver this workshop, NLNG collaborated with renowned journalist Dan Mason and partnered with The Journalism Clinic, led by the esteemed Taiwo Obe. These experts shared their wealth of knowledge and experience and guided participants through the intricacies of digital communication and social media.

The first #NLNGChangeYourStory workshop was held in 2015, after which there was a hiatus. The annual workshop resumed in 2021 and since then, over 70 journalists have been trained, reinforcing their digital communication and social media competencies.

The #NLNGChangeYourStory workshop, according to NLNG Acting Manager, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Yemi Adeyemi, in a press statement, has undoubtedly contributed to empowering journalists, equipping them with the skills needed to thrive in the evolving digital era. “NLNG’s dedication to capacity building remains steadfast, reinforcing its commitment to the growth and success of its stakeholders and the nation,” he said.

NLNG is owned by four Shareholders, namely, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (49%), Shell Gas B.V. (25.6%), TotalEnergies Gaz & Electricite Holdings (15%), and Eni International N.A. N. V. S.àr.l (10.4%).
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