Photo Story: NGIJ Fellows buoyed up for impact

The second Cohort of the Next Generation Investigative Journalism (NGIJ) Fellowship has had their first boot camp training.

The week-long training equipped the Fellows with skills in identifying elements of a good story, reporting and writing the news. The training also built their capacities on how to use Ghana’s Right to Information Law, Sierra Leone’s Right to Access Information Act, Liberia’s Freedom of Information Act to access information from official sources for their stories.

The NGIJ Fellows were further introduced to Fact-checking, its methodology and methods, using open source intelligence (OSNIT) tools and the writing of fact-check reports. The boot camp training also took them through the approaches and methodology for conducting investigations in journalism. The training forms part of efforts to enhance the skills and capacity of these Fellows to undertake independent investigative reporting and fact-checking.

At the end of the training, Fellows were left feeling inspired to make significant impact in their various countries: Liberia, Ghana and Sierra Leone.

Below are 14 photos that tell the story of how activities rolled out at the Training:

Manasseh Awuni Azure, Editor- in-Chief of the Fourth Estate, set the tone of the training, emphasizing the role of Investigative journalism as the future of journalism. “It will stand tall even if other forms of journalism should die. There is no other way of seeking accountability than using investigative journalism as a tool. It provides incontrovertible evidence of corrupt activities by stakeholders.”

Kwaku Krobea Asante, Fact- check Lead at the MFWA, took them through the tenets of Fact-checking and Access to Information, highlighting the role of in-depth and research-based reporting – “it will always be relevant despite the pressure from social media and political bureaucrats”

Participants paid keen attention during the sessions as they imbibed the lessons that were being shared

Fellows had engaging sessions that put Smiles on their faces.

As a recap, participants shared and pasted key learnings from previous days each day

Teamwork divides tasks and multiplies success, therefore, after going through training, there was a simulation session where in teams, participants brainstormed, worked on assignments and presented them to enhance their capacity in presentation and team building

Brainstorming sessions

After the brainstorming sessions, Participants presented their findings.
Team 1, made up of Diana, Norah and Forgbe, Marian presented their findings

Team 2, consisting of Victor, Sedem, Victoria and Gafaru also presented their findings

The Third team: Linda, Thelma, Philip, Edmund also presented their work after the brainstorming session

The Programme Officer for MGG, Adiza Moro Maiga, passed through to interact with Fellows and took them through some energizing games (the rabbit, wall and gun) to keep them gingered

Photos indicating the excitement about the in-depth knowledge gained within the one-week training period.

Some excited Fellows posing with the Coordinator of the fellowship programme, Deborah Pokuaa Bempah, at the end of the Bootcamp

Group photo of Participants and Facilitators: Manasseh Azure Awuni and Kwaku Krobea Asante


The one- week training forms part of the five-month NGIJ fellowship programme by the Media Foundation for West Africa with funding support from the US Embassy Ghana, and Dutch Foreign Ministry (through the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands). It seeks to arm young and early career journalists with practical knowledge on the fundamentals of journalism, particularly, investigative reporting through a comprehensive five-month mentorship with Fact-Check Ghana and The Fourth Estate, both being MFWA’s public interest and accountability journalism projects. Fellows will also be supported to produce compelling investigative and/or fact-checking reports.

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