OAU KILONSHELE organises training for rookie campus journalists.
Peter Oyebanji and Oladele Adeola
OAU KILONSHELE news outfit, a Campus-based news hub in Obafemi Awolowo University, organised a training session for her newly inducted members on the rudiments of journalism.
The training/induction ceremony, which took place on Saturday at Archi Studio of the university, had over 12 participants, who are students from different departments and levels.
The participants, selected after a screening exercise, were trained by facilitators from different news organisations in Nigeria.
One of the speakers, Adejumo Kabir, a freelance reporter for Premium Times
newspaper, spoke extensively on Media Ethical Thinking and Investigative journalism.
He quoted section 22 of the 1999 Nigerian constitution to buttress the function of journalists as individuals who should hold the government accountable to the masses.
"The media should hold the government accountable to the people at all times." he stated.
Another facilitator, Uthman Samad, a reporter of News Digest newspaper, lectured on the rudiments of writing a good news report and being a good interviewer.
With illustrations, he described the core elements of a news report. "A news report must have a catchy headline, by-line and place line." He stated.
He also gave the participants insights on how to gather information for a news report and how to report investigations.
The President of the Association of Campus Journalist (ACJ), Obafemi Awolowo University, Ogundokun Doyinmola, charged the new members on time management.
"Your academics is your primary assignment on this campus and the only way you can successfully juggle it with academics is by managing your time very well." He said.
Also, the Editor-In- Chief of OAU KILONSHELE news outfit, Olufemi Alfred, spoke on the role of social media in journalism.
"As we all know, the world is gradually developing and turning into a global village, the role of social media in our present time can't be overlooked."
He made known the need for journalists to be familiar with different social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc, as they are helpful for gathering news piece and engaging the audience.
Meanwhile, the participants expressed excitement after the training sessions.
"It was a pleasure being among great people and to tap from jars of knowledge." Dansabe Kuni, one of the participants, said.