Journalism development: Teach students how to survive in town – Victorson Agbenson
*Agbenson to Mass communication lecturers
Lecturers in mass communication have been advised to focus on inculcating skills in their students that would help them survive in the larger society upon graduation.
Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN)’s Political Editor, Victorson Agbenson, gave the advise while presenting a public lecture at the department of mass communication, Adekunle Ajasin university Akungba, Ondo state.
Comrade Victorson Agbenson said there was need to ensure that mass communication students were empowered to be good writers, a skill which he argued was the greatest asset in the profession.
In the lecture entitled ‘connecting the town to the gown’ Victorson Agbenson said “the gown may look wonderful but it has to go to the town to be appreciated. All the great products of Mass communication in this and other universities across the country must have to go to the town to make social impact. You can’t remain here forever.”
“One missing link I have seen over the years as a reporter first, and now an Editor of Africa’s largest Radio network, FRCN, is that many students are unprepared for the Town. I do not know where to place culpability in this regard, but it’s either their instructors or lecturers stop at theorising or the students stop at cramming their lecturers’ handouts.”
“Whatever the case maybe, let me use this opportunity to appeal to instructors here to go the extra mile to teach students how to survive in town, not just how to look nice and gorgeous in the gown”
“By now I assume that you know what I mean when I speak of the ‘gown’ and the ‘town’. The distance from the gown to the town is the distance between the classroom, where you are now to the newsroom, where I am now as an Editor.
You certainly need to be equipped for the town or the newsroom, or even the boardroom (mind you I didn’t say bedroom) as the case maybe”
Comrade Victorson Agbenson urged the Mass communication students to expect the best from the field.
“Yes, boardroom because by the grace of God some of you would move up to the boardroom level as you practice this noble profession. Two months ago I was with Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Assistant on Media to the President when I hosted him on the network news. That speaks of the boardroom. He was first a reporter. So if you are diligent with this pen, it can take you to whatever height you wish to get to”
The editor told the students that there were so much prospects in the profession. “It has been widely and roundly agreed that public relations is a management function. So, the Femi Adesinas of this world would have to be in meetings where critical decisions about this country are taken. His predecessors Segun Adeniyi, Reuben Abati all enjoyed this influence. This is just one prospect of the profession to which you now belong. Imagine the opportunities of sitting in the same room with those who decide the destiny of our nation. Even the President has a photographer. The current SA to the president on photography Sunny Aghaeze is my friend. Indeed photo journalism has gone to another level”
In a remark, the head of department of Mass communication Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba, Dr Ifedayo Daramola, said the department was committed to ensuring that the students were well trained in line with modern trends in journalism.
The event also featured debate on social media and a beauty pageant.
The Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Ondo state recently got a licence from the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to run a broadcast station.