Internews began working in Nigeria in 2003 as part of its ‘Local Voices’ program. Internews’ most recent work in Nigeria focused on Kogi and Cross River states, offering training and mentoring to the local media, with specific interventions for radio journalists, talk show hosts, DJs and media managers.
Media literacy training for health implementers and civil community based organizations was also offered in support of more effective engagement with the mass media. Over the past several years, in collaboration with a cadre of trained media professionals across Nigeria, Internews successfully employed media advocacy to advance public policy that improved the health of tens of thousands of Nigerians. Internews’ formal trainings, networking groups, travel grants, roundtables and radio and television discussions, ensured that journalists understood the fundamentals of fair and balanced reporting as well as the social, cultural, economic and political dimensions of health and education problems. Internews staff trained and mentored over 300 journalists from 64 media houses, over 2,000 times to produce more than 800 stories.
Through this network of journalists and media houses, Internews estimates that at least 40 million Nigerians (estimates based on reported audience reach of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria – FRCN) received life-changing information on HIV/AIDS, family planning, and reproductive health.
Internews’ work in Nigeria has been funded by USAID.