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Journalism now ICT-oriented, Online Media Guild tells journalists in Kano, as govt pledges support  

Journalism now ICT-oriented, Online Media Guild tells journalists in Kano, as govt pledges support  

Journalism all over the world has gone beyond just writing news stories, as the landscape has extended to multi-faceted media output that utilizes various information and communication technology (ICT) skills, including artificial intelligence.

This was revealed by the interim chairman of the Association of Online Media Guild (ASSOMEG), Abdullateef Abubakar Jos (AAJ), during a day capacity-building training for online media practitioners in Kano on Thursday.

AAJ said the training was organised “to enhance the capacity of journalists in Kano and address the issue of disseminating fake news and fact checking.

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He further explained that the association was established last year and has since expanded nationwide, including the branch in Kano.”

“The official name of the association is the Association of Online Media Guild.”

According to him, “Our primary focus is to enhance the skills and capabilities of our members and elevate the journalism profession itself. Let’s reflect on the evolution of journalism. In the past, we had print media and electronic media. However, today, we operate in a multimedia landscape. Virtually every organization and media outlet now maintains an online presence.

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“When we discuss journalism, it extends beyond pen-and-paper writing or carrying a laptop. We face a contemporary challenge known as citizen journalism. This phenomenon allows anyone who can read and write to consider themselves as journalists,

“While social media platforms may empower individuals to claim journalistic roles, professional journalists must uphold ethical standards. Whether in traditional or digital media, our guiding principles remain rooted in ethics and professional conduct.

“We must take this matter seriously, and that’s precisely why we organized this training, which marks our meeting edition. Rest assured that we have a well-defined calendar, and we aim to conduct these sessions at least once every quarter. Our goal is to provide training not only for association members but also for all journalists.”

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Kano State commissioner for information, Baba Halilu Ahmad Dantiye, who graced the event, said the state government will support journalists and partner with the association for capacity development in the state.

The commissioner emphasized that “Associations are highly beneficial, especially for us in government. Dealing with associations is more straightforward than dealing with individuals. Through associations, we can understand your needs, wants, and areas for improvement. This enables effective collaboration with the government.

“On behalf of the government, I assure you of continued support. I encouraged you to reach out if there are areas where the government can further partner or provide assistance.”

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The director-general of media and publicity for the Kano State governor, Sunusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, highlighted the significant advantages that technology has brought to journalism, adding that online media retainership in the state will get a boost soon.

Faruk Khalil
Faruk Khalilhttps://nigeriansketch.com/
Khalil Faruk (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), has a Bachelors and Master's degree in Political Science and has worked as a reporter, features editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief respectively in a leading Nigerian daily. He has undergone trainings in journalism, photo journalism and online journalism within and outside Nigeria.

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