Staff of the ERuDeF Institute of Biodiversity and Non-Profit studies (ERuDeF Institute) have acquired skills on article writing. This was the outcome of a one day workshop organised recently at the Conference hall of the Institute by the Public Relation Officer (PRO) of the Institute, Bertrand Shancho Ndimuh, in collaboration with the Management of the Institute.
The organisation of this workshop, according to Director of ERuDeF Institute, Akeh Nug, was motivated by a number of factors. “Reporting environmental issues, key events and other news worthy activities occurring around most times doesn’t come easily. For this reason, most news worthy events go either unreported or under reported because they do not know what to write or how to write,” the Director expounded.
It’s was against this backdrop that Institute’s PRO, focused the training on the techniques of identifying news worthy events or issues within the different department of the Institute. Having successfully drilled staff on the techniques of identifying news worthy events, activities and issues, Mr. Shancho led participants to identify news items in their various areas of work, and also guided them on how to go about it.
At the end of the training, ERuDeF Institute staff expressed their satisfaction. “The workshop on article writing was a good step for a beginner like me. I now know how to write my own article. At the end of the training, I came out with some guidelines on what should constitute an article and how to coin an article to draw the attention of the reader”, said Stanely Nkemnyi, Project Assistant for ‘Participative Integrated Ecosystem Services Management Plans for Bakassi Post Conflict Ecosystems’.
A similar reaction was also gotten from the Outreach and Education Coordinator of the ERuDeF Institute, Mrs Mirabel Teku. She acknowledged that the training has given her the ability to identify news events, and build them into good news articles, which could be published in newspapers and magazines.
ERuDeF Institute staff are required to write monthly articles for Institute’s Newsletter, which has always been an uphill task to many, with staff often complaining of not knowing what to write on and how to write since they have not had any training in this domain. Now that the training has been given, it is hope that the quality and quantity of articles from the Institute will improve.