The Association of Communication Scholars and Professionals of Nigeria will commence their fifth annual conference in Asaba, Delta State on Wednesday.
Discussions at this year’s conference will centre on media narratives on hate speech, fake news and political stability in Africa.
The conference will commence on September 5 and end the following day.
One of the aims of the association is to advance the scholarly study and practice of communication by promoting and facilitating the pursuit of excellence in academic research and professional practice in Nigeria.
It also aims to support the process of shaping communication scholarship, training and practice in Nigeria whilst complementing the work of other bodies with similar aims and building on the potentials of the field of communication in Nigeria, conscious of the needs of the country for critical inputs from communication scholars and professionals to shape a future that will promote growth and development through their activities.
Some of the topics to be discussed at the conference include: a presentation of a report on Understanding Nigerian Media and Elections through Research: Analysis of the 2015 Presidential Election Campaign Messages; Media Narratives as Bridges; Implications Of Hate Speech and Fake News Reporting On Nigeria’s Political Stability; Public Perception of Hate Speech Use and its Effects on Voters’ Choice: The Public Relations Perspective; Social Media Activism and Political Stability In Nigeria: A Comparative Discourse Analysis of Hate Speech on Facebook and twitter; among other topics.
PREMIUM TIMES publisher, Dapo Olorunyomi, will make a lead presentation on the first day of the event on the topic: “Facts, Truth and Knowledge: Journalism and the Ethical Community”
The governor of the host state, Ifeanyi Okowa, would also be attending the conference as the chief host and giving a special address.
Former National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Director General, Tom Adaba and the Movie of Umiaghwa-Abraka Kingdom, Oria Abraka, L.O. Ararile, are the special guests of honour, while Joseph Edozien, the Asagba of Asaba, is the royal father of the event.