By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
Notwithstanding that the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun state, southwest, Nigeria does not have Mass Communication on the numerous list of its courses, the institution that prides itself as the most beautiful campus in Africa has undoubtedly produced and still breeding renown media practitioners that had made and still making waves in the media profession.
The brain behind this feat is not far-fetched. The institution has a very strong campus journalism practice that accommodates students who have passion for writing, especially those that nurse the ambition to register their names in the Fourth Estate of the Realm as journalists, public relations officers and handle human resources arm of the media profession.
While some of these vibrant ‘student journalists’ under the umbrella of the Association of Campus Journalists (ACJ) dazzle their readers with stories, features and entertaining materials on their boards located at strategic areas on the university campus, other writers who do not belong to the association also toe this line by ‘defacing’ the structures on campus with all sorts of articles.
Even students’ religious associations in the university are not left out in this line of disseminating information as various Christian and Muslim fellowships own boards that play host to write-ups especially the ones that target their members.
But in order to add professional touches to the discharge of media activities in the institution and to also expose them to the basic principles or skills in the field of mass media outside the shores of their campus, members of the Nigerian Federation of Catholic Students (NFCS), OAU chapter on Saturday, 25th October, 2014 held a workshop.
Focusing on news gathering, writing and dissemination; how to conduct interviews, write features; how to be Master of Ceremony (MC), how to go into public relations and also veer into advertising, the Catholic students under the publicity committee of the NFCS converged on the premises of Our Lady of Perpetual Light Chapel, Religious Ground, OAU for the workshop with the theme: “The Rudiments Of Mass Media Practice”, an address delivered by the Osun state Correspondent of the Daily Trust Newspapers, Mr. Hameed Oyegbade.
Participants at the workshop are students from almost all the faculties of the university including Faculties of Law, Arts, Social Sciences, Pharmacy, Science and Department of Architecture.
These students were all in high spirit as the guest speaker took them through the tenet of the pen profession.
Speaking, Oyegbade expressed pleasure at the students’ desire to increase their knowledge in mass media despite their varying courses of study in the university urging them to put what they have gained in the course of the workshop into practice in order to achieve optimum results.
He challenged them to work assiduously in their various choice of disciplines saying that mass media is a broad profession that accommodates intellectuals from all works of life as media practitioners, advertising agents, public relations officers and masters of ceremony among other areas.
In her remarks, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of NFCS, Miss Ololade Fashoranti, a part three Law student noted that the publicity committee of the federation had been well informed and enlightened on its duties thanking the guest speaker for “making the members of the committee see beyond what they had imagined.”
Speaking in the same vein, one of the participants at the workshop, Mr. Augustus Ezejide could not hide his joy as he said: “honestly, I have been educated and greatly enlightened on some facts. I have always wanted to become an MC but lack the knowledge on how to start, but now, I think I have a future in that line. Also, I always thought that the work of a PRO is only to give announcements, but now, I have realized that it’s beyond dishing out information. I want to appreciate our speaker for this fit.”