By: Christiana Jack
Kaduna (Nigeria). To meet the ever increasing demands of reaching a large audience occasioned by the emergence of the new media,
Journalists have been enjoined to leverage on the opportunity and integrate the use of internet in disseminating media contents.
An information technology expert, Silas Auta who said this during one-day Online Journalism Training organized by the Africa Media Development Foundation at AMDF centre added that internet provides a platform for immediacy in news dissemination as well as room for feedback through its interactive platform.
He said there is the need for all journalists to evolve from the traditional to the new media so as to remain relevant in the present age.
Silas lamented the activities of unprofessional reporters who do not bother about ethical standards of reporting facts but go ahead to publish anything that seems news worthy online. Hence, he stressed the need for capacity building among journalists to aid them carry out their responsibility effectively.
In her remarks, the Coordinator of AMDF, Sekyen Dadik noted that the training was aimed at exposing participants to the skills and technicalities of online journalism in line with the organization’s commitment to build professional capability of journalists in Kaduna and beyond.
Responding on behalf of participants, Martins Negedu of Legacy Reporters acknowledged the effort of AMDF at developing the capacity of journalists and promised to use the knowledge acquired effectively.
Highlights of the event included quiz, discussions and the presentation of certificates to eight (8) participants, who are journalists from different media organizations.