Online Journalism: The New Face of News Gathering and Reporting
Students of the Department of Mass Communication have been urged to get familiar with the Internet for news gathering, writing and reporting. Due to the development of online journalism, media houses are switching from analog to digital mode of transmission.
This call was made at the Departmental Seminar held at the College of Business and Social Sciences Conference Room, by the guest speaker, an online Web Producer at TV Continental (TVC), Mr. Wale Fakile, who spoke on the topic “Latest Development in Digital Transition”.
Due to the availability of the Internet in this dispensation, and the nature of news reporting in terms of credibility, Fakile explained the processes of credible online journalism and the elements of a well-produced piece (news story) before dissemination to publics.
In his words, “A good story on any website must have pictures, videos that tell story, visualizations that enlighten, and links that empower and validates the story”.
However, Fakile urged the students to have strong interest and knowledge of the media industry, and learn to operate in an environment of change, characterized by emerging technologies.
The Head, Department of Mass Communication, Dr Dokun Omojola, in his remarks, stated that the seminar was to enlighten the students about the new developments in the media industry, running with Covenant University’s commitment to raising future leaders that will make an impression in the industry after graduation.