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Nigeria Info FM celebrates one year of broadcasting

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Journalists must upgrade their skills regularly –Don STORIES: LEONARD OKACHIE


Chairman, Nigeria Info FM, Amin Moussalli



he Nigeria Info FM station is counting its successes at one year of broadcasting, even as it plans to dedicate most of its programs to massive political education of Nigerians towards the 2015 general elections. Head of station, Uche Victor Nwaneri, told journalists during the anniversary of the radio station in Abuja, that from the year 2014, the station would commence the journey to salvage the country from political misfortune in 2015 through its dedicated programs. He said that they were pleased with the reach by the station and the acceptance it has earned within the past one year, stressing that they would consolidate on these gains to achieve their dreams of a sound political and economic environment for the country. Nwaneri stated that the station was covering over 17 million listeners presently, adding that they've got the software to show the extent to which people hooked up to the station at every five minutes. He assured that they would continue with balanced information while holding the politicians and other stakeholders accountable towards a successful 2015 elections and proper administration of the country, which was the role of the media.

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ournalists in the traditional media organisations have been urged to upgrade their skills regularly with the Information and Communication Technology tools so as to overcome the current challenges posed by citizen journalists. The Dean, School of Communications at the Lagos State University, Prof. Lai Oso gave the advice in Lagos at a oneday capacity building training for the Nigerian media by Microsoft Nigeria in conjunction its Gold certified partner, Ha-Shem Network Services Limited. Prof. Oso who delivered a keynote address on “Bridging the gap between Technology & News Reporting” said that audiences have moved away from being consumers of news to news producers as a result of latest trends in the technological landscape. He said: “Journalism in turn, has moved away from the way it used to be to a point that there is hardly any traditional media without an online version. “Migration from the offline environment to the online has made it im-

portant to always update stories. New technologies create challenges and opportunities and yesterday’s skills and technology are fast becoming obsolete” He maintained that citizen journalist is a major challenge to the traditional media organisation and as a result journalists must keep abreast with the ICT tools by upgrading their skills regularly. “If your organisation doesn’t spend to train you, please train yourself. There are so many self-training programmes on the Internet. You can go there and get yourself trained,” he added The don also decried the inability of journalists in writing online stories, adding “what we have found is that most journalists don’t know how to write online stories. They still write the same way they write offline. That is the challenge lecturers of journalism are also facing today- they don’t know how to teach it.” Giving reason for the programme, PR Lead for Microsoft Anglophone West Africa, Yemi Orimolade, said, “As a technology enabler, we believe IT capacity building contributes significantly to economic empowerment, growth and development, and will offer the appropriate skills to the me-

dia to use technology in innovative ways”. “Office 365 is designed to work with both touch and a mouse, and works seamlessly in the cloud, giving the user an unmatched on and offline experience. “Office 365 Home Premium includes the latest and most complete set of Office applications; works across up to five devices, including Windows tablets, PCs and Macs; and comes with extra SkyDrive storage and Skype calling. “Microsoft Windows 8.1 brings significant advantages to those who are upgrading existing PCs or purchasing new ones and comes with a new look. This new Operating System (OS) offers improvements in performance and existing capabilities.’’ Similarly, Head Marketing, Ha-Shem Network Services Limited, Abiodun Ogunjobi, said, “We are excited to partner with Microsoft on this maiden edition of the journalist capacity building training project for the Nigerian media. The benefits of IT education cannot be overemphasized and we feel this is a good way to positively impact their reporting to be at par with the advanced world journalism.” The workshop which had over 20 journalists drawn from different media organisations, discussed such topics as Big Data, One Note, Anti-Piracy, Social Media, Understanding Cloud Computing and Windows 8 and Office 365 experience.

OGBC to spend N400 m in 2014


he General Manager, Ogun Broadcasting Corporation (OGBC) Mr .Tunde Awolana, has said the corporation would need a total of N400 million to function effectively in 2014. Awolana, who said this in Abeokuta while presenting the 2014 budget proposal of the corporation at the House of Assembly, disclosed that the proposed revenue is N200 million. He said N250 would be for recurrent expenditure while N150 million had been earmarked for capital expenditure. The general manager said the station was planning to purchase studio equipment worth N120 million and to also purchase a new Outside Broadcast van. Awolana lamented that the corporation was faced with the challenge of settling the electricity debt of occupants of OGBC complex as the PHCN had threatened to disconnect the station. The General Manager, Ogun State Television, Alhaji Ayinde Soaga, said the agency proposed to generate N250 million while N1.9 billion had been budgeted as total expenditure. Soaga said N1.6 million would be spent on capital expenditure and N360 million for recurrent expenditure.

Cross section of participants at the Microsoft training workshop for journalists recently in Lagos.

BlackHouse Media joins PRCAN


igeria's leading PR agency, Black House Media (BHM) has scored another milestone with her recent induction into the body of the Public Relations Consultants Association of Nigeria (PRCAN). Addressing guests at the exclusive ceremony at ADNA, Suites, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Black House Media, Ayeni Adekunle Samuel, who received the induction certificate on behalf of the agency, noted that the certification is indeed a major step in the right direction. Ayeni is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) as

well as the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) UK. 'We are delighted at our induction into this prestigious body; the Public Relations Consultants Association of Nigeria. It is a clear indication that BlackHouse Media is on the right path and certainly a major milestone in our journey so far. This exciting facet of our growth, hopefully one of many more to come, is yet another important beginning for us,' Ayeni who was recently listed as one of the top 40 Nigerian entrepreneurs under 40 by BusinessDay, added. Speaking on the development, Team Lead at BHM, Mariam Ehicheoya, said the induction could not have come at a

better time. '2013 has been an amazing year for BHM and our induction into PRCAN comes at an extremely auspicious time. We’ve maintained the same drive and energy that have brought us to this point and we’re even more poised to deliver the kind of services that have earned us the respect and appreciation of our clients and colleagues in a very challenging and dynamic market.' Present at the induction were notable PR practitioners including past president Nn’emeka Maduegbuna, Chairman C&F Porter Novelli, Vice President John Ehiguese, MD Mediacraft Associates, Muyiwa Akintunde MD, Leap Communications and others.

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