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Sharing on New Media techniques - pros and cons - with communication students at University of Lagos

06/06/2013 17:29
One could sense a real hunger to learn new stuff. It was written all over the faces of the about 500 students that sat at the Afe Babalola auditorium of the University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria, that cool Thursday morning, June 6. The students cut across the various departments of the university, including students from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism.

It was the 2013 edition of the Academic Seminar of the Communicators for Christ, an avenue, which the students use to invite journalism professionals to share with them practical tips and latest developments in the field of journalism. Something akin to getting practical tips from journalists, beyond the more often than not theoretical tips learned in class.
It has become a part of their academic calender, being the fourth edition of the Academic Seminar. Being invited as one of the resource persons to share knowledge at the event was most elating. Always a cherished opportunity to share knowledge (I'd had similar chance earlier in April courtesy of the Omololu Falobi Foundation to speak at a one-day interactive, skills development and capacity building forum for young journalists). The letter of invitation reads in part: 
"The Academic Seminar is a programme where veterans in the various fields of communication in Nigeria are brought to speak to students on issues that will help students build their professional careers. 
Considering your vast experience that spans decades in journalism, you have been chosen to come and speak about online journalism."
Speaking on "New media and national development - the ethical challenges" is perhaps, understandably not a strange turf to tread. It provided a platform to share skills on creating multimedia contents and tools for sharing them; to shed light on various new media platforms (blogging/micro-blogging, social networks, and geo-location tools), various techniques of engaging audience using the digital platform and to create interactive contents for mobile devices like the Tell Aug 27, 2012 Edition 34 app on iPad) and of course, the challenges of new media especially as it relates to privacy issues and the haste to be the first to break the news thereby unwittingly by-passing basic fact-finding procedures.
Other speakers at the Academic Seminar were Femi Adesina, president of the Nigerian Guild of Editors and deputy managing director, Nigeria's The SUN newspapers; Maupe Ogun, News Presenter and Co-Host on Sunrise Daily on Channels TV, and Prof. Olukayode Amund, Dean of Students’ Affairs, University of Lagos who was the Chief Host.
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