…as zion chambers holds seminar on responsible journalism
By Emmanuel Sampson
Governor -elect of Akwa Ibom State, Pastor Umo Eno has charged journalists to always adhere to the time-tested values of integrity, professionalism, and speaking truth to power in their reportage.
Eno made the call at the one day seminar for journalists in Uyo on “Good Journalism, the line between responsible journalism and liable- observing the rules”, held Wednesday, April 12.
Represented by Mr. Chris Abasieyo, Former Commissioner for Information in the state, the Governor-elect expressed delight over the support received from journalists in the state, explained that as purveyors of information, journalists should maintained high ethical standard in the discharge of duties as the watchdog of the society.
He appealed to journalists not to turned the state to a war zone rather they should see themselves as partners in progress for the incoming administration.
While lauding Zion Chambers for sponsoring the seminar, Pastor Umo Eno averred that the contents of papers presented at the event by the eminent speakers were keys to impactful and developmental journalism. He promised that the seminar would be a routine during his administration beginning May 29, 2023.
In his presentation, a multiple award winning journalist, and the author of “village boy” Mr. Anietie Usen while dissecting the topic ‘My Experience as a Journalist and the Challenges of Nation Building’ however advised media professionals to dwell more on those matters that will promote peace, unity, development and security.
The former editor with the Newswatch Magazine drilled journalists on the need to engage in responsible journalism, which according to him is driven by passion and value.
In his high powered presentation, Assistant Managing Editor of The Premium Times, Nigeria; Mr. Cletus Ukpong while speaking on ‘Good Journalism in Today’s Environment -The Necessity for Holistic Approach and Value of Specialization,
He stressed the need for journalists to specialized in their reporting “It seems that everyone appears to be just comfortable going to cover and report events. That is not the beginning and end of journalism. There are lots of areas that are still not explored. As practitioners, you must go beyond ‘PR’ or such kind of stories, and also dwell on journalism that impacts the society, positively”.
On his part, Head of Zion chambers, Barr. Samuel Ikpo,
stated that though the ethics of the profession of journalism remained sacrosanct, the practitioners must not lose sight of the legal implications of publishing falsehood.
Ikpo who spoke on “The line Between Responsible journalism and Libel- Observing the Rules” noted that journalists must always be ready to defend the fact, provide evidence in order to justify their reports, when ever they are being call upon to do so.
Setting the tone for the day’s engagement, convener of the programme, Mr. Ndon Asian, himself a seasoned journalist who doubles as Honorary Special Adviser to the governor on Judiciary Matters said the seminar was aimed at fine-tuning journalists for modern day expectation in view of the evolution of the media profession.
The event was graced by journalists from different Media Houses in the state.