Ondo State 2022 Print Journalist of the Year Award winner, Saheed Ibrahim of The Hope Newspaper has again bagged an award of Excellence for his contributions to societal development.
The award, which was presented to him at the 15th public lecture of the National Association of Mass Communication Students, NAMACOS, AAUA, held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Multipurpose Hall(OBJ) on Tuesday.
The Ondo NUJ 2022 best investigative reporter who once graduated as the best student in the department appreciated NAMACOS for finding him worthy as well as pledged his support and contributions to the growth of the association and the department.
He said: “It is an honor and one thing I love to do and I will continue doing it. It’s my alma mater, and I ensure it grows and develops no matter how.
“This is celebrated every year. When I was an exco in the departmental. It is a way of celebrating ourselves, celebrating those who have left this department and are still with us. It is a way of projecting Mass Communication, the prestigious department.”
The best print media reporter urged students of the department to hone their journalism skills while on campus, adding that the media industry is competitive and a certificate in journalism alone is not enough.
“Experience is the key and paramount, so, I will urge you all to make use of any available means to get it. People want to see what you can do and your certificate will even come last. If they see what you can do, they can even take you ahead of someone that has all the required professional certificates. “
Speaking on the public lecture theme “Digital Age Journalism. Creating An Enabling Environment To Foster Communication Development”, he said digital journalism would bridge the gaps between theories and practical, adding that embedding it in the curriculum would make things change for the better.
“In this Digital age after your degree, the best thing for you guys is to go further. This requires professional courses in journalism which can be fact-checking, digital news reporting, or digital communication practices.”