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Status of training and research in reporting conflict, peace journalism and safety education in English speaking West Africa: the cases of Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone

Status of training and research in reporting conflict, peace journalism and safety
education in English speaking West Africa: the cases of Ghana, Nigeria and
Sierra Leone
By
Umaru A. Pate, Professor, Faculty of Communication, Bayero
University, Kano, Nigeria;
Lai Oso, Professor, School of Communication, Lagos State University, Lagos, Nigeria; Abubakar Jibril, Lecturer, Department of Mass Communication, Taraba
University, Jalingo, Nigeria
Introduction
Journalism and mass communication are popular programmes with a high rate of appli-
cants in tertiary institutions in the fifteen West African countries in the Economic Commu-
nity of West African States (ECOWAS).In these countries, universities, polytechnics and journalism institutions are either introducing or strengthening their teaching and research activities in the discipline. They have been mainstreaming emerging issues in theory, methodology, technology, as well as contextual circumstances. The fifteen countries have
a combined population of 400 million. They are multicultural, diverse, conflict prone and economically disadvantaged. However, the increasing interest accorded to the training and safety of journalists across the region hardly translates into their total safety and protection. Progressively, they continue to experience personal and professional threats in reporting many of the violent conflicts and terror attacks that frequently erupt in their countries especially in the last fifteen years (Pate, 2017). Worrying, too, these countries have remained highly prone to recurrent conflicts and violent extremism as socio-economic and political conditions get increasingly desperate.

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The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, COOU, (formerly Anambra State University), Igbariam Campus.

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