Campus Press Hub trains OAU student journalists

The Campus Press Hub has completed a two-day workshop on basics of journalism for student journalists at Obafemi Awolowo University.

The workshop which held on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13 respectively had 20 students in attendance.

They were trained on the basic elements and ethics of journalism, investigative journalism and interviewing, how to spot and fact check fake news, basics of storytelling and social media for journalists.

Adejumo Kabir, the Director of Campus Press Hub and a final year student at Obafemi Awolowo University told the trainees that he is “hopeful and optimistic that our trainees will be the next phase of journalism in different schools”.

Ajibola Adeniyi, Daily Post correspondent in Osun State took the trainees through investigative journalism and interviewing while Kehinde Ayantunji, Osun NUJ chairman trained the participants on ethics and core elements of journalism.

Mr Kabir who doubles as a political researcher for Dubawa, Nigeria’s first fact-checking platform took them through how to fact check fake news.

He is one of the beneficiaries of the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) Next Gen programme.

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Latinwo Gbolahan, one of the participants said understanding the ethics of journalism is an advantage for him to step up his journalism practice on campus.

“I hope the training goes beyond south-western universities so that other like-minded individuals can benefit from this opportunity. A great workshop we had.”

Another participant, Oyeyemi Abass said: “I really appreciate the innovative and the idea to set up the Campus Press Hub which is a step taken towards building more student journalists. It’s a good step and one that I would relish forever. The workshop was an eye opener and perhaps, might be a step in my transition from blogging to journalism.”

Akinyinka Kaosarat said the workshop was more than her expectations and got more enlightened about writing while Agunbiade Kehinde said he gained what he won’t forget about the application of journalism ethics on and outside the campus.

Also, Akinola Marian said: “the training was more helpful than expected even though I did not apply with the aim of learning this much. However, after all the lectures, I became so interested in journalism”.

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