Journalism Clinic on Social Networking for journalists holds in Abuja

The summit intends to convince attendees on the significance of integrating social media in mainstream media as well as prep media owners to operate more efficiently, and profitably, in the digital age.


The United Bank for Africa, Everything Journalism, and The Journalism Clinic are hosting a one-day social media summit tagged ‘Functional Social Networking for Nigerian journalists’ in Abuja.

The training aims at boosting the capacity of Nigerian journalists to maximize the use of social media for news gathering, building online communities, and investigations.

This summit, first held at the UBA House, Lagos, on 20 February, is geared towards getting more journalists social media savvy. The Abuja version holds on June 25, at Chams City, Garki II Abuja.

A team of speakers – media professionals and scholars -will attempt to answer four questions during the summit: Does One Platform Suit All? What Does It Profit Us? What Can You Teach Me About Social Media? And Ethics: Why It Matters in Social Networking?

Speakers at the summit include Olusegun Adeniyi, Chairman, Editorial Board, THISDAY, and former Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.

Pelu Awofeso, Travel journalist, travel book author and past winner of the CNN/Multichoice African Journalist Awards in the Tourism category, is also a speaker. He is currently promoting @TravelNextDoor (, a domestic tourism project exclusively driven by social-media.

Another speaker if Anderson Uvie-Emegbo, a leading Pan African Digital Management Consultant, International Faculty, Strathmore Business School, Kenya; and Adjunct Faculty, School of Media and Communication, Pan-Atlantic University. He tweets @andyemegbo and his personal website is

Others are Adeyinka Adedeji, Divisional Head e-banking, UBA plc; Yemi Adamolekun, Executive Director, Enough Is Enough; Lekan Otufodurin, Managing Editor, Online, The Nation and media career development specialist; Shina Badaru, Award-winning ICT journalist and Founder/Editor, Technology Times; Emeka Okoye, Software Developer, CEO Vikanti Nigeria Limited; Wale Ajayi, Head, Department of Mass Communication, Lagos State Polytechnic and New Media Specialist; Lara Wise, award-winning investigative journalist, TV Anchor, AIT, and author, Lessons of Life; and Abdulwasiu Hassan, Deputy Online Editor, Media Trust

Dapo Olorunyomi, Editor-in-Chief/Managing Director, Premium Times, Nigeria’s online newspaper reputed for breaking news and investigative reports, is also a speaker. He was a past recipient of the International Editor of the Year Award and was Enterprise Editor at Next Newspapers. He is the Founder, Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism.

Mr. Olorunyomi will discuss Ethics and Standards in the digital age.

The summit, open to pre-registered journalists, intends to convince attendees on the significance of integrating social media in mainstream media as well as prep media owners to operate more efficiently, and profitably, in the digital age.

Live streaming on Twitter – @Clinic4Journos, #NGJournalists – and conversations will continue on the EverythingJournalism group.

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