From ‘Yanju Uwala
Media scholars and proprietors of media Organisations have been charged to establish a regulatory body for media practitioners in Nigeria, to disengage quacks from journalism profession.
The Ogun State Commissioner for Rural Development, Hon. Taiwo Oludotun, gave this charge on Saturday in Abeokuta while hosting executive members of Young Media Practitioners of Nigerian (YOMPON), Ogun state chapter.
Hon. Oludotun, also enjoined media practitioners in the country to engage in further investigative reports, adding that It would allow for in-depth analysis of situation and objectivity in their news reportage.
The Commissioner, also noted that the proliferation of social media has allowed untrained individuals with no journalism background to venture into the profession.
He urged the National leadership of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) to establish school of journalism that will certify all journalists in the country after graduating from higher institutions of learning.
“It’s just unfortunate that people who are not trained have ventured into the profession. Social media has turned everybody into journalists.
“There should be a regulatory body for journalism. I want to implore you, irrespective of your interest, your integrity is paramount.
“Journalists should delve more into investigative journalism, as young journalists, create a niche, show class, you might not be rich now, but when you write, people respect you.
“See yourself as an inspiration to do better. Let your write-us inspire people to do more. Put the politicians are on their toes, but if you want to criticize, be constructive and objectives. I don’t believe in impossibility.”
In his own reaction, the National President of the association, Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji, said the association was established to check the proliferation of quack journalists in the profession.
“As young media practitioners, we have observed the influx of untrained characters into the profession due to the advent of social media, but in our little way of sanitizing the profession, the few ones amongst us who are thoroughbred journalists have come together to organize training for ourselves and share ideas on current trends in journalism.”
Also speaking, the State Chairman of the association, Comrade Saheed Adeola noted that, YOMPON stands as training platform for young media practitioners in the country.
“We believe that as Journalists we are determined and we want the media industry flooded with young practitioners, well trained, professional- not lacking anything.”