Communication Students Urged to Make Positive Change
Students of the Department of Mass Communication, Covenant University, have been urged to be distinct so as to make positive changes in Nigeria.
This charge came at a seminar organized by the Covenant University Communication Students’ Association (CUCSA) tagged “Communicate, Connect and Create” on Thursday, March 26 2015 at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Development Studies (CEDS) Multipurpose hall.
The first Guest Speaker and Managing Editor, online and special publication, the Nation Newspaper, Mr Lekan Otufodurin spoke on “Preparing Mass Communication in a New Media Age”. He encouraged the students to lay a good foundation for themselves by developing their skills at an early age.
According to him, developing their skills at an early period makes them relevant and increases their chances of being employed, despite the stiff competition in the labour market. He also spoke on the need to review the Mass Communication curriculum, stating that it is old and also a current threat to the development of Mass Communication.
Another guest speaker and CEO, Etu Odi Communications, Mr. Uzoma Okoye, spoke on the topic “Get ahead in the creative industry”. In his presentation, Mr. Okoye stressed the need for creativity, urging the students to seek unconventional methods of setting themselves apart from their peers. “The ability to make yourself distinct from others is what creates a pathway for a successful career,” he stated. The students were also taught the secrets of writing an attention-grabbing Curriculum Vitae.
While advising the students, Mr. Okoye implored them to make themselves indispensable in any organization they find themselves. He also identified creativity, constant self-development and attitude as the vital determinants of success in the Mass Communication industry.
The third Guest Speaker and a blogger Mr. Okechukwu Ofili, encouraged the students to develop a positive mindset about themselves and pay less attention to negative views from anybody. He stated that the students’ opinion of themselves was more important than what others think of them. He decried the level at which compromisers have infiltrated the media organization because many in the field have sold the truth for other things. He also told the students not to depend on large media organizations but to establish their own media outfits and ensure that they do not sell the truth for money.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the President of the Covenant University Communication Students’ Association (CUCSA), Mr Samuel Akpan, encouraged the students to tap from the reservoir of knowledge of the speakers and be ready to practicalize whatever they learn from the conference, so as to make a change in their environments.
The objective of the seminar was to enable students to gain additional knowledge on the practical aspects of the industry.
The highlight of the seminar was the presentation of plaques to the Guests Speakers.