The former governor is a now a grand patron of the journalism institute.
A veteran journalist and leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Segun Osoba, on Saturday said proliferation of social media and ‘jungle journalism’ is becoming a danger to journalism in Nigeria.
Mr. Osoba stated this while speaking as the chairman at the maiden national convention of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism Alumni Association (NIJAA) held in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The former Managing Director of defunct Daily Times of Nigeria(DTN) said the social media was becoming a bad trend for the practice of the pen profession.
“This social media is becoming something else, they blackmail, publish fictions, stories that do not exist, this is a terrible thing and dangerous to the trend of Journalism,” Mr. Osoba noted.
He chided some operators of the social media who, according to him, know nothing about journalism but blackmail and publish untrue stories to the detriment of the profession.
The former Ogun governor, who was made the Deputy Grant Patron of the Institute, charged the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and other sister bodies to be conscious of making regulations that will guide the practice of journalism in the country.
Mr. Osoba also advised the Union to embark on accreditation and re-accreditation of its members, especially the photo journalists, saying that the activities of the journalists at public functions were becoming embarrassing.
“The Institute of Journalism should work together with NUJ, Guild of Editors and other sister bodies to regulate the practice of Journalism, we should not leave the practice in the hands of those who know nothing about journalism but believe in blackmailing and denting the image of the profession,” he said.
In her own contribution, a one-time Information Commissioner in Ogun State, Doyin Ogunbiyi, charged the media practitioners to make the profession a chartered one and move away from political unionism.
Ms. Ogunbiyi, who lamented the trend in Nigeria, opined that the social media was taking over the profession and therefore recommended that practitioners begin to think of journalism without pen and paper.
“This profession should be made chartered; it is high time we moved away from political unionism, we should not hide under the Union, make
it chartered, that’s the only way by which we can add value to the profession.
“For us to be able to stand tall with other professionals, we should make the profession chattered like Nigerian Institute of Public Relation (NIPR), Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria and other professional bodies.
“It is also imperative to work on individual personal brand, social media is far way taking over the profession, we should then think of journalism without pen and paper,” Ms. Ogunbiyi said.