Experts in the media industry have called for journalism students in various institutions of higher learning to pay closer attention to conflict and investigative reporting. The call was made recently during the 3rd Media and Communication Workshop organized by the Department of Mass Communication, Samuel Adgboyega University, Ogwa. The workshop, which focused on investigative and conflict reporting, drew experts from three media houses in Abuja including News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Chief Instructor of the workshop and a staff of News Agency of Nigeria, Miss Anita Eboigbe, said there was need for journalism students to fully appreciate what was going on in the media industry. According to her, “the world has moved. Everything is now on conflict and investigative reporting. This training is therefore important for cub reporters to know what is happening in the industry.”
Miss Eboigbe who is an alumnus of the University and the overall best graduating student in 2016, promised to continue to partner with her alma mater in many areas of interest.
Other experts who featured in the workshop are Mr. Kunle Adebayo, an investigative reporting consultant in Abuja and Mr. Muhammed Akinyemi, a conflict and climate reporting consultant, who also works in Abuja.
Speaking earlier in the workshop, the Head, Department of Mass Communication, Dr. Ekwe Okwudiri, expressed optimism that the students would learn a lot from the training. Dr. Ekwe explained that it was the culture of the Department to always bring in experts to educate the students on what they should expect in the real world. He explained that the Vice Chancellor, Professor A. Babantude Idowo, was ready to partner with the industry to stimulate serious research activities in the University.
In their separate remarks, the Staff Adviser of the students’ union in the Department, Mr. Victor Oladele, and the President of the Students’ Association, Mr. Joshua Okonita, said the training was timely. They added that the Department was ready to organize more training.
Some of the students who spoke with Vision Media after the two day workshop said they learnt a lot from the training. According to them, the workshop provided them with the opportunity to relate with what was happening in the media industry.