Nigeriansafari.com, an online website and Tan Solido Global Concepts have trained journalists and inaugurated an excellence award for media practitioners.
The organisers set up a steering committee to fine-tune modalities for the maiden edition of the awards, expected to hold in the first quarter of this year.
Participants had raised issues about the quality of journalism practice lately, submitting amongst others, the need for constant training and retraining as well as recognition of outstanding performance in the different realms of practice.
Following their submissions and pleas, and as way of encouraging professionalism, the organisers agreed to setting up a steering committee to work out modalities for an excellence journalism awards to coincide with the workshop.
Speaking on the development, editor of the online site Mr.Cami Ezenwa said the idea was to bring stakeholders together to discuss basic challenges and seek ways out.
He advised the participants to maximise the opportunity as it would mark a turning point in their lives and careers. He added that the profession was tiding through unusual currents and that practitioners needed to be at their best in order not to sink.
In his address, the Deputy Provost of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), Mr. Jide Johnson, identified training and attendance to workshops as part of the basic principles that bake excellence, bemoaning, however, that many practitioners today do not priorities training.
He advised against this, enjoining those in attendance to maximise the opportunity as they would need the lessons in the future.
While former News Editor at TVC and currently publisher of Globe online newspaper, Mr. Dcn Jackson Akpasubi acknowledged the innovations that technology had brought into practice, expressing concern however that it had tended to make some journalists to be laid back.
Akpasubi said the possibility of reporting from the comfort of one’s home or anonymity of an online platform had brought its drawbacks, like the lack of creativity, while many bloggers, with little or no time for research, publish un-authenticated stories.
He also questioned the lavish use of pictures that have nothing to do with the story, adding that journalists should make their audiences know the difference between fake and real stories.
“The consuming audience does not care what pressures or challenges you face, all they want is get authentic and genuine information,” he said.