The significance of campus journalism as a device for deepening democratic consciousness and energetic participation of youth in politics has been emphasised.
This was the crux of the city corridor assembly organised by Cable Newspaper Journalism Foundation (CNJF).
The function, which took place on Thursday in Lagos, experienced learners from different better establishments across the nation in attendance.
The city corridor assembly was carried out beneath the Campus Civic Media Marketing campaign (CCMC) of the CNJF, with assistance from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).
Olufemi Atoyebi, programme officer, CCMC, mentioned the intention of the celebration is to look at the role of campus journalists and youths in democracy, primarily with the momentum for the 2023 general election collecting tempo.
“The city hall assembly is also made to examine the youths’ understanding of difficulties bedevilling Nigeria’s democracy and to evaluate the general performance of new media in democracy,” he stated.
Addressing members at the city hall assembly, Cynthia Mbamalu, programme supervisor, Yiaga Africa, encouraged youths to have interaction in formal political procedures and have a say in formulating guidelines.
She noted that 51.1 per cent of registered voters in the 2019 elections are younger persons inside of the ages of 18 and 35, including that the range has the possible to improve by 2023.
The panelists at the town hall assembly incorporated Steve Ayorinde, previous commissioner for tourism, arts and lifestyle, Lagos state Muyiwa Popoola, dean, school of interaction & media studies, Ajayi Crowther College and Kareem Itunnu, president, Affiliation of Campus Journalists, Lagos Point out University (LASU).
Femi Owolabi, head of investigations at CNJF, moderated the panel dialogue.
The discussion centred all around the 2020 Lekki tollgate capturing as properly as safeguarding push liberty in perilous situations.
Samuel Olowookere, a participant from the College of Lagos, said the conversation assisted him to gain a further comprehending of the function of the media in advertising transparency and fantastic governance.
“I have learnt items I can hold on to for the following 10 a long time of my career as a journalist. Serious-world studying is different from the classroom encounter,” he additional.
On her component, Odimfe Favour of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism explained Mbamalu’s session as “exciting and insightful”.
She explained the Yiaga Africa programme supervisor shared perception on the energy of youths to change the state by voting in elections.