The Union of Campus Journalists, University of Ibadan (UCJ UI), sets to hold her annual inductee workshop, which will take place on Saturday, 21st of July 2018, at the Small lecture theatre (SLT or Room 32), Faculty of Arts, by 10 am prompt.

The UCJ UI Inductee workshop is poised as an event that prepares intending members of the organization, towards her entrance examination. Meanwhile, the workshop also serves as an avenue to equally embolden them with the fortitude needed to venture through campus politics, and also to fortify them with the thorough training needed to flourish in the adventure of campus journalism.

In an interview with Miss. Ogeroju Rabiat, Vice President (administration), UCJ UI, she explained the event as the Union’s “means of enlightening and training existing pressmen on campus, and also as an orientation assembly for those aspiring to be campus journalists, in order to establish the consciousness of what exactly they put in for, and as well flame the hunger to attain feats in journalism.”

While emphasizing the importance of the Workshop for the intending members, she added that “attendance will be religiously taken for the entrants.” Also, in a released broadcast regarding the workshop, the Union indulges Editors in Chiefs of campus press organizations, alongside their old and new members, to grace the workshop enmass, as it’s slated as an opportunity to gain more experience.

With the event titled ‘Excellence in the 21st century Journalism: strategies for creating compelling stories’ Miss. Ogeroju disclosed that the event promises to be practically inclined, as it will welcome the presence of professional personalities from mainstream journalism, such as Mr Taiwo Obe, director of The Journalism Clinic, Mr Paul Alasiri, a media house veteran, and the 23rd president of the Union, Mr Oredola Ibrahim.

Each of them would respectively take sessions on the skills required as a journalist, the intricacies of the media, and how to deliciously deliver features and news stories. In addition to his session, Mr Oredola would also give a brief history of UCJ UI.

Apart from being a platform for learning, Miss Ogeroju further explored the indirect benefits attached to the event, stating that “The workshop will also provide an atmosphere that affords networking amongst like minds, and further favours bonding between other press organizations and the UCJ UI family.

This will make them (attendees) realise we all constitute UCJ, and that without active press members on campus, there is no UCJ.” In addition, she stated that the ‘log of wood disease’ is a plague that would not be condoned and that the Union will be working meticulously to combat it, as it inducts new members.

” Union of Campus Journalists, University of Ibadan has been in existence since 1987. A student-controlled organisation fully registered by the Students’ Affairs Division U.I. It is the chief media entity and the umbrella body of press organizations registered with the union in the University of Ibadan and the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan. Affiliated to it are independent press clubs, with membership strength of over 3000 students.

The union is committed to improving the standards of campus journalism with a view to ensuring its parity with mainstream journalism. Just like NUJ, UCJ caters for the interest of Campus Journalists and promotes other intellectual activities on campus. As an organisation committed to moulding young people as leaders of the future, the union has produced renowned individuals in various challenging capacities of human endeavours in Nigeria and outside its shores”

 

By: Kehinde Amusan

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