The Director of Broadcast and Digital Journalism at Stony Brook University New York, Steven Reiner, has charged radio journalists to concentrate on fairness while reporting.
Reiner gave the charge at opening a 4-day training with the theme, “What makes great radio” organized by the US Embassy in Nigeria and the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ).
The program seeks to equip radio journalists with skills to produce long-form investigative radio features and in-depth news reporting with about 25 journalists from across the country.
“Fair reportage might not always be the basis for professionalism especially when newsmakers are not themselves fair in dishing out information.”
“Just be balanced. Giving equal time to two sides does not necessarily mean that you have been fair to the facts of the story, or fair to the situation. It can be some stories where you need to provide balance, time and space to one side, fairness is more of quality, balance is more of quantity,” Reiner said.
Also, the Counselor Public Affairs, US Embassy in Abuja, Mr Adnan Siddigi said the aim of the training was for media professionals to come together and share ideas on how to make good radio content.