By Daniel Abioye
Today is another great day in Obafemi Awolowo University as new members of the Megaphone News Agency were inducted in an event themed Journalism, Campus and the Outside World’.
The Induction ceremony that happened at AUD II had astute dignitaries in the field of Journalism and alumni of the Agency present to give talks to the inductees. Rasheed Adelusi who now works with Airtel Nigeria as a Sales Manager; The Senior Special Adviser (SSA) to the Governor of The State of Osun on Media Matters, Ademola Adesola; Punch Newspaper writer and the President of NASELS OAU, Sodiq Oyeleke; Sola Fagurosi, a graduate of the Department of Agricultural Economics, OAU who currently practice journalism and other invited guests were all present for the event.
In an opening lecture, Sodiq Oyeleke educated the inductees on the qualities of a good journalist and the peculiarity of campus journalism. He said all the commandments in the Bible and Quran must be obeyed by a journalist as they bordered on moral standard. He stated that the ability of a journalist to nose for and identify news stands such out in the profession. News was described as "something that someone somewhere does not want to read.
Rasheed Adelusi spoke at length on readiness of the student journalists to sacrifice and always strive to improve in their profession. He emphasized the need for any writer who wants to reach the peak of career in journalism to develop a reading habit. Rasheed was once the Editor-in-Chief of Megaphone News Agency.
As students that the inductees are, Ademola Adesola told them that their new engagement should not be an excuse for any downtime in their academic performances. Ademola confessed to have got most of his todays practicing skills while he was with the Megaphone News Agency during his undergraduate days on OAU campus. He further revealed that the outside world is not the same with what operates on OAU campus as things are tougher and more real outside there. The SSA however opined that good writing skills will make and keep a journalist outstanding.
Sola Fagurosi now enjoys his decision to major on his passion; Journalism during his undergraduate days even as an agricultural economics student. Sola who was present with his beautiful spouse explained how he was actively involved in campus journalism then with Megaphone News Agency and its benefit to his career today.
The gorgeously dressed inductees who were glad to be inducted had a photo session with the invited guests after the programme.
By Daniel Abioye