24th April, 2017
Mr Idahosa Asowata, a Senior Editor with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), has called on veteran journalists to encourage youths to embrace the journalism profession.
Asowata made this call on the sideline of the launch of his two books entitled ‘’Step into Journalism’’ and ‘’Village decree’’ in Abuja on Monday.
He also advised that young journalists stand the chance to fully explore and exploit the various platforms that the practice is being displayed.
Idahosa cautioned that ‘’whatever platform was used in reporting, the writer must ensure the story was factual and truthful’’.
“ I will encourage young people to go into journalism because the job is very edifying. Anywhere you go you are recognised, it opens doors and it makes you know people and you yourself can become a big man.
“ Go to the national assembly today the majority of them have journalism background. I know many journalists who have gone into politics and they are representing their people very well.
“What I will stress is that you should go for training. Like if you read this book it will make you know what to write
“Even if you are writing on social platforms like twitter, Facebook you will be able to write correctly, responsibly.
“So that whatever news you purvey in traditional media and in modern social platform should be acceptable, correct and should be factual.
“You should also be able to separate the facts from the myths. In traditional media we used to deal with real facts but in social media people are dealing with myths
“But if you read step into journalism you will be able to marry the two and present your news very well.’’
“ Because you are not being monitored and controlled when putting something on social media doesn’t mean you should not be responsible.‘’
Asowata said that he wrote the book because of the deficiency he discovered in the course of his supervising young reporters from Nigeria institutions.
He said they lacked the basic knowledge and concepts and practical approach to news gathering and writing, saying those mostly affected were fresh graduates.