Goethe Institut held a workshop in Cultural Journalism for selected journalists recently.
The 5-day workshop, in part, convened to enable Nigerian cultural journalists contribute to a forthcoming magazine by the German cultural institution, held from May 19 to 23 at the City Hall, Lagos Island offices of Goethe Institut.
The Institute flew in Florian Sievers, a journalist with German magazine SPEX, to coach participants; and Ed Keazor, renowned Nigerian music historian deputised the workshop’s proceedings.
Although aimed primarily at print and online journals, participants included journalists from television and radio. Some of the media houses represented were TVC, Thisday, News Agency of Nigeria, TUSH magazine, and Sabinews.
Host Marc-Andre Schmachtel, director of Goethe Institut, Lagos, brought in such cultural figures as the filmmakers Remi Vaughn-Richards and Tam Fiofori, and also the revered music journalist and one time manager of Fela, Benson Idonije.
Musicians Nneka and Keziah Jones also visited the workshop to discuss their art, expectations and frustrations with music journalism.