International recognition has come the way of Ripples Nigeria.
The platform was awarded third position in climate change reporting by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and United Nations Foundation program.
The story, ”Special Report… Beyond Conflicts, Benue Losing Food Basket Status Amid Climate Change Challenges And Subsistence Farming” written by Kelechukwu Iruoma was one of the favourites in storytelling with the use of photos, charts and videos, adopting the multimedia style of reporting which is fast on the rise in African journalism.
ICFJ made the announcement of winners on its website, revealing the mileage and impacts each of the stories on migration linked to conflict, flooding and desertification, and the resulting impact on health and economic security have made in an effort to bolster coverage of these critical topics in a part of the world deeply influenced by them.
According to the statement, a panel of judges recognised the three most outstanding journalists out of a pack of 40 journalists who took part in the program.
“Third place winner, Kelechukwu Iruoma, used photos, charts and videos for his multimedia story on the Benue region. His story, published by Ripples Nigeria, detailed how the area could experience food shortages in the future as climate change in the form of floods and limited rainfall hit major food production”.
Ripples Nigeria was only beaten by reports from Babatunde Okunlola, from Royal FM in second place, while the first place went to Ochiaka Ugwu of People’s Daily.
A special mention went to Vanessa Offiong for her story, “When Antenatal is a Luxury: The IDP Story,” which examined the high cost and low availability of care for pregnant women living in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs).
The program encouraged Nigerian reporters to produce compelling stories on the UN Sustainable Development Goals 10 and 13, aiming to “reduce inequality within and among countries” and to “combat climate change and its impact” by 2030. Other participants produced stories on topics such as health care in camps for displaced people, conflicts between farmers and herdsmen and the relation to migration, land degradation as a result of illegal gold mining, increases in annual flooding and population movements that stem from oil spills.
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