You must have curious eyes for stories- Taiwo Obe tells campus journalists

Members of the Union of Campus Journalists, University of Ibadan,  were on Saturday taken through a journalism training on the core and ethics of journalistic writings.

The training is an annual event used to orientate intending members of the Union the rudiments of campus journalism.

The training was a four-phased session which was taken by the quartet of: Habeeb Kolade, a former Editor-in-Chief of the Great Independence Hall; Mr Taiwo Obe, the Director and Founder of The Journalism Clinic, Lagos; Mr Oredola Ibrahim, a former President of the Union of Campus Journalists and Paul Alasiri, a digital expert with Thirty–two FM.

During his session, Mr Habeeb Kolade talked expansively on the styles and ways of writing effective news and features stories.

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He clarified features writing to be an “extended form of news writing. Features articles tend to focus on people while news focuses on event.”

He explained that the “first work as journalists is to spread information” and this should be done “in a way that is factual, in a way that you can stand for — even when it is implicating. You need have a mind to construct and not to destroy.”

“To write well,” he added, “first you have to read well, and then get something interesting to write on.”

Also, while speaking on “Excellence in 21st century Journalism: strategies for creating compelling stories”, Mr Taiwo Obe, also called TO, addressed the need for campus journalists to have curious eyes and mind for good stories.
“Everything is behind the story. That is the work we do as journalists. Journalism is about fact. Our business is to be curious, to wonder but you must do something else: write a story. Story is around you — everywhere.
“That is why you are here…nothing else. You are to provide the relevant information that all the stakeholders in UI can use.
“You must begin to start a conversation. What are you thinking? Convert it to a story,” he advised
Professor Adigun Agbaje, a guest at the training and one time Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic, University of Ibadan, buttressed Mr Obe’s address, saying:
“If you are thinking about all these inconveniences, then check out of journalism. Take up challenges. Engage the authority. And in the end you will see that that is all that matters.”
Furthermore, Mr Oredola Ibrahim and Mr Paul Alasiri took turns respectively to speak on the Ethics of Journalism and Understanding the digital audience in content creation.
In the end, intending inductees of the Union present were advised to prepare for their examination which will be set based on the lessons learnt from the sessions of the day.
The examination, tentatively, holds September 22
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