Community journalism is unique as it helps to push forward issues that are not constantly covered by both the national and international media platforms. When done well, it keeps community members informed, entertained and educated. Community journalism may be unique but it is also guided by the same ethics of journalism even though it has a local, geographical focus in nature unlike other forms of journalism that are wide and all embracing.

Campus journalism by its nature falls into this category. In spite of this, its usefulness is unparalleled as journalists can use their writings to raise awareness as well as accountability issues at the local level. A lot of these are not usually covered by national media platforms. Governance at the local level, especially in Nigeria, has been bereft of professionalism and all forms of technical corruption do take place here which often are not reported or in few instances, under reported

Doing good work as community journalists will require paying attention to how to source story ideas, proper identification of sources as well as knowing what angle to project. Getting verifiable data is also fundamental

On where to get story ideas from, community/campus journalists must be keen observers and listeners. Community journalists can find several scoops from observing and monitoring how community members live their lives, organizations within the community, events, state of infrastructure among other issues.

The above are some of the conversations that came up on the 27th March, 2024 when Africa Foundation for Young Media Professionals(AFYMP) organized a workshop on community Journalism, telling compelling stories for Association of Campus Journalists(ACJ), Lagos state University Ojoo at the Computer room of the Faculty of Communications in the school.

The President of the association, Nworie Daniel Uchenna, while welcoming participants, charged them to place value on what they were about to be exposed to. According to Daniel. “It is a privilege to have such a busy media skills development NGO honouring the association’s invitation to organize the workshop within one month of invitation. Beside this, it is our honour to have AFYMP as our official skill development mentor”

Yinka Olaito

Two sessions were facilitated by the Executive director of AFYMP, Yinka Olaito. One was on “Community Journalism, a guide for campus journalists and How to tell Compelling stories”.  The forum also had group work assignment as well as sharing, feedback session etc

Elcee Abidemi, one of the participants, felt elated and shared that the knowledge she gained would help become a better journalist. Hamsat Amina Aderayo, another participant shared “The training has been an amazing ride. It has exposed me to the ethics of journalism among many other stuff”.

Dr Suleiman Hassan, Sub Dean Faculty of Communications , LASU with Yinka Olaito

Daniel Nworie on his own take away affirmed “Learning to tell a compelling story is one of my major take away from the session”. Temiloluwa, who is the General Secretary of the ACJ, Lasu, in his remark said “Thank you for the insightful sessions. It offers learning and fun at the same time”.

The event, which was a full day, had about 30 campus journalists in attendance with Sub Dean, Dr Suleiman Hassan who came around to appreciate the organizer of the event.

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