MANAGING Director and Chief Executive Officer, Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation (ANPC), publisher of National Light, Ka O Di Taa and SportslightXTRA newspapers, Chuka Nnabuife, has said that Anambra is the only state that has a functional newspaper house, which is a plus to the state government.
Sir Nnabuife, who stated this in his keynote address at the 2022 National Association of Mass communication Students (NAMCOS), Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam Campus’ celebration day, which was held at Noble Hotel Awka, on Saturday, titled, ‘Beyond These Fallacies About Newspapers’, observed that the notion that the era of newspapers is over is mostly upheld by common people but facts has not established such.
“What facts have established is that the online, radio and television have no capacity to satisfy the information that the audience of the newspapers might want. The stories online or broadcasts do not give all the information or tell enough as those in newspapers do”, he said.
He further explained that the way newspapers organised the news make them set agenda and play conscious roles in governance, as well as social information, adding that newspapers report established authority on their subjects of report which social media do not always do.
Nnabuife charged the students to love Mass Communication as course and get into the profession by practicing as a journalist because Journalism is one among the best professions in the world.
Managing Director, Anambra Broadcasting Service, Chido Obidiegwu, while delivering his address, emphasised that once one stop learning, such a person begins to die and as such, “we need to add more value to ourselves by reading constantly”.
He further stated that curriculums of Mass Communication should be more practical than theory which will help the students understand more about the course.
He however, said that media houses should be managed by Mass Communication professionals to help reduce fake news and misinformation.
Sir Obidiegwu urged all Mass Communication students to arise and join hands together to rescue the profession from charlatans to make Anambra the greatest state.
Chairman, Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Dr Odogwu Emeka Odogwu, said that it is a privilege to study mass communication because the profession is for sound and focused minds.
He urged the students to get “a mentor who will move you to the next level by inculcating the essential knowledge you need to achieve this great task. With Journalism as a profession, you will make name as it’s a lucrative venture, and also a tool for enhancing societal development and reshaping the conscience of the society.
Head of Department of Mass Communication, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Angela Nwammuo, said that the departmental week has been an age long tradition in the university, a week set aside for all the students to explore.
Prof Nwammuo said that the essence of the event is for the students to see the practical aspect of journalism. She also appreciated the guest speakers and all that graced the occasion.
An award was given to Sir Chuka Nnabuife, Chido Obidiegwu and Dr Odogwu Emeka Odogwu, among others.
Beauty pageant, cultural dance, among others were the highlights of the event.