Jul 222011

Health Reporting in Nigeria is on the Rise, With a Long Way to Go

It’s been almost three months since I arrived here in Abuja to commence my Knight Fellowship and so much has happened with lots still lined up for the coming months and weeks. My decision to visit several newsrooms and some of my former colleagues who are now senior or managing editors -- seated often behind expensive and expansive mahogany desks -- gave me a good idea about where health journalism is headed in Nigeria.

Nigeria: Create New Health Section at Daily Trust newspaper

As a Knight Health Journalism Fellow, Sunday Dare created an eight-page weekly health section at Daily Trust, the most widely read newspaper in northern Nigeria.

Working with a team of dedicated health reporters, he increased health coverage at the newspaper from an average of eight stories per month to 27, with in-depth and investigative stories on issues such as AIDS, cancer, cholera, polio, public health facilities, and Lassa fever, a fatal disease carried by rats.

Nigeria: Journalism Training (2006)

Knight International International Journalism Fellow Alexandra Salomon completed seven months of journalism training in Nigeria in 2006, partnering with Spectrum Broadcasting.