The Daily Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Media Trust Limited, publishers of Daily Trust titles, yesterday organized a three-day investigative journalism training for interns and new journalists drawn from several media houses across the country.
In his remarks, the Editor-in-Chief of Daily Trust, Malam Naziru Mika'ilu, urged the participants to develop the habit of doing investigative stories.
He noted that the impact of investigative stories makes journalists distinctive and unique in the profession.
"Regurgitation of events will not enable new journalists to distinguish themselves from other reporters. Investigative stories give you the platform to showcase yourself to the world.
"The media publish any rubbish that is around because people want to be in the limelight," he said
He said the training was organized to create a purpose that would guide the participants and equip them to generate stories that would be of impact to the society.
The General Manager, Human Resource and Management Services, Media Trust, Hajiya Hadiza Bala, urged the participants to take the lessons taught seriously as it would help them develop their career.
On his part, Programme Director, Daily Trust Foundation, Dr Theophilus Abbah, emphasized that investigative journalism sells a journalist.
He charged the participants to be inquisitive in generating ideas for stories that would make a change in the country.
The Managing Director of Premium Times, Idris Akinbajo, who facilitated a session, admonished participants to steer clear of "brown envelopment" if they want to succeed in investigative journalism.