Six winners including WITHIN NIGERIA journalist have emerged for the Journalism Fellowship for Investigative Reporting on Trans Fat.
The winners for the programme organised by the Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) are Temitope Bademosi of TVC, Sunday Elom of Orient Daily Newspaper, Dare Akogun of Sobi FM, Felicia Dairo of Premium Times, Nkoli Omhoudu of AIT, and Adesola Ikulajolu who works with WITHIN NIGERIA.
According to a statement made available to WITHIN NIGERIA by Akinbode Oluwafemi, the Executive Director of CAPPA, they will form the second cohort of the fellowship which begins in April with a virtual orientation.
“The purpose of the fellowship is to stimulate conversations and deep dive into key issues relating to trans-fat consumption, elimination, and the health of Nigerians.”
“The fellowship will also equip the journalists with the necessary skills and access to information to aid their reporting on issues concerning trans fatty acids. They will also be receiving training on researching and finding resources for an investigative report.”
The fellows were judged based on the quality of the presentation of their pitches, the ingenuity of their ideas and the relevance of their pitches to the campaign objectives.
According to the Director, “the journalists will produce and publish in depth pieces on trans fat around any of trans-fat content in food, trans-fat and wellbeing, industry players, food labelling and regulation and distinguishing trans-fat enhancing cardiovascular diseases and implications of the treatment of such in Nigeria. “
CAPPA, through the fellowship aims to build the capacity of the Nigerian media to report on trans fat use, health risk and its regulation from an informed perspective in line with the World Health Organisation’s recommended standards for countries to follow.
The fellowship is supported by the Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI), is also geared towards improving the public’s awareness of trans fat and global best practices.