Tuesday, 15 March 2016

ACJ OAU @ 45: Do More Of Campus Stories - NIJ Deputy Provost

The Deputy Provost of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, NIJ, Mr Joseph Johnson has encouraged campus journalists in Obafemi Awolowo University to focus more on their own community and report news happenings on the campus

On Saturday, 12th of March 2016, the mother body of all Journalists in Obafemi Awolowo University, the Association Of Campus Journalist (ACJ OAU) celebrated its 45th anniversary.

The program which had in attendance the Deputy Provost Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), Mr Jide Johnson; the Campus Life Editor of the Nation Newspaper; the South-West Editor Daily Sun, Mr Yinka Fabowale amongst other distinguished dignitaries. The Program featured activities like an inter-news agencies debate, guest lectures, alumni re-union and many others.

Speaking at the event, the South-West Editor, Daily Sun, Nigeria, Mr Yinka Fabowale, spoke on the trials and travails of journalists and encouraged the aspiring Journalists on the need to spiritualize journalism; to see their work as a spiritual one that is being done for God and not the profit therein.

In his own note, Mr Joseph Johnson, Deputy Provost of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos spoke on journalists in the 21st century. He admonished journalists present at the occasion to take Obafemi Awolowo University as their own community and report news happenings on the campus. He however emphasized the need to be balanced in their reports and to be careful how they report in other not to offend authorities taking note that they are still students. Mr Wale Ajetunmobi also encouraged campus journalists to work without fear or favour, just as he reiterated his commitment to helping young and aspiring journalists develop.

Lukmon Fasasi Blog emerged winner of the inter-news agencies debate. The occasion also doubled as the swearing-in and handing over ceremony as the association transited into a new era of leadership.

Speaking to our correspondent after the event, the now former President of the association, Benjamin Adebayo expressed thanks to God for making the event a success. He appreciated invited guests for coming from far and near.  The newly sworn-in executives led by Mr Olanrewaju Oyedeji has also promised to uplift the association to the best of their capabilities.

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