Veteran investigative journalist, ‘Fisayo Soyombo, Saturday urged campus journalists in University of Ibadan to work on their writing skills while in school in order to become better at it.
Speaking on the topic, “Becoming mainstream journalists amidst escalating employment crisis, online media the way out?” in a programme organized by Association of Faculty of Arts Students Press Organisation, Soyombo noted that despite the many crises facing the nation’s economy, there are still numerous opportunities for competent hands. According to him, employers of labour are always forced to create room for those who are passionate and competent.
The award-winning journalist lamented that there were just a few exceptional journalists in the country and as such, those who are exceptional are always reckoned with.
However, Soyombo warned his audience against making money their primary reason for desiring a career in journalism. Instead, he said they should be value-adding and creative and at the end, their effort will be rewarded.
He also shared practical insights on how a person can become a better writer with the participants at the workshop.
Soyombo concluded the engaging seminar by advising his audience against ‘brown envelope journalism’ so as not to bring their integrity into disrepute.