The CJID Person
Our ideal teammate is defined by five core characteristics we call the CJID five C’s:
- Credible: We value truth, accuracy and integrity. We go the extra mile to ensure that the information we provide is based on the best data we can reasonably find from reliable sources.
- Conscientious: We put in our best.
- Courageous: Like everyone else, we get scared. But we do not let this dictate our actions; our values do.
- Competent: We are good at what we do, and we seek to attract people who are good at writing, storytelling, data analysis, project management, coding, design, design thinking, digital marketing, events management, advocacy, policy analysis, business consulting, process improvement and innovation.
- Caring: We care deeply about each other and our shared mission of entrenching democratic accountability in Africa using journalism.
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The training unveiled a new perspective to my understanding of “inclusion and accessibility” as it relates to PWDs. During the course of the training, I could not help but imagine the experience of a child with a disability, who has an ambition of scaling high in the society, but is confronted by the issues that embodies “inclusion and accessibility” in Nigeria.’ There’s so much work yet to be done and we, as the media, have a huge role to play.
The media controls the narrative because people make decisions based on the information we provide. Therefore, it is important that we avoid writing stories about PWDs that elicit pity and perpetuate negative stereotypes. We should use words that emphasise the need for inclusion and accessibility, rather than the presence of a disability.
OLORUNYOMI PAULINE ADEDIGBA
This training has brought me to the realisation that I have made many wrong assumptions about PWDs, which account for stigmatisation. I have now let go of my old ways and I will put everything that I have learnt here, to practice. This training also reiterates that as media professionals, we have the responsibility of being committed to learning more about the peculiar challenges and needs of PWDs, in order to pass the right information to the society.
People with disabilities are not people with special needs because everyone has special needs. Also, it is important for Journalists and members of the society to use the right terminologies while addressing PWDs. My knowledge of disability reporting has just been updated.
NASIR DALHA (Nigeria National Association of Deaf)
I learnt that the appropriate words should be used to address people with disabilities in reporting, and in our daily lives. I also learnt about the existing legal framework for PWDs in Nigeria.
NURUDEEN AKEWUSHOLA, ICIR
Most importantly, PWDs should not be considered less human because they have equal rights as every other person in the society.
I learnt many tips for interviewing PWDs. some of them are:
Always ask before offering to help them, don’t assume.
Always speak to the person involved directly, not their aides or assistants.
Ask them how they would love to be addressed if you’re not sure.
I have realised that PWDs are not a liability, as they also have a role to play in moving the society forward. Also, as journalists we have a role to play in ensuring that the rights of PWDs are protected.
AMINU ALHUSSAINI, VISION FM