WikkiTimes an online media organisation in Bauchi state has concluded arrangements to inaugurate accountability reporting fellowship for the training of young graduates on accountability Journalism named after Professor Umaru Pate on the 4th January 2023.
Our Correspondent reports that Professor Pate is the present Vice Chancellor, Federal University Kashere in Gombe state.
This is contained in a press statement signed by Malam Haruna Salisu Publisher WikkiTimes made available to Newsmen on Sunday in Bauchi.
He said the fellowship will offer six months paid-internship to young graduates in investigative, data and fact-checking journalism.
Salisu added that in the first year of the fellowship, WikkiTimes will recruit six graduates and will be mentored by experienced data journalists and fact-checkers for six months.
He explained that the idea is to help the fellows access the best mentoring opportunities to enable them to hold power to account in line with the creeds Prof. Pate stands for.
“In recognition of Prof Pate’s outstanding contributions to the field of Journalism, the fellowship will be launched on 4th January 2023 to mark the professor’s 59th birthday.
“A well-credentialled scholar, and academic of international repute, Pate is the pioneer Dean, of the Faculty of Communication, at Bayero University Kano.
“As a Professor of Media and Society and an advocate of investigative journalism, Pate has won several international grants for the Faculty of Communications at BUK,” he said.
According to him, Pate’s contribution includes the modification of the Nigerian Journalism curriculum to address emerging trends in the industry.
“Umaru Pate is one of Nigeria’s finest media scholars who has mentored and selflessly supported hundreds of journalists in Nigeria and beyond.
“He tutored media scholars and has been at the forefront in advancing the frontiers of media scholarship,” the publisher said.