Eko College students are tasked with discipline and communication skills
Students and staff of the Department of Mass Communication at Eko College of Management and Technology (EKOCITY), Ikotun, Lagos always relish their visit to the headquarters of the Daily Telegraph, publisher of the New Telegraph newspaper.
According to the head of the department, Mr. Sokunbi Abolade, who led more than 30 students and other staff including Mr. Stanley Ihedigbo on the educational visit, said the visit was mainly aimed at acquainting the students with an off-the-books experience. class. as well as helping them gain more practical knowledge of mass communication, the course of study they have chosen.
He said: “The purpose of the visit is to further expose our students to how the media industry works in a leading media organization before students are awarded the National Diploma (ND) in Mass Communication.
“Eko College of Management and Technology is a national degree-granting institution accredited by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and the Federal Department of Education.”
Receiving the students, the New Telegraph team, led by the Administrative Director, Mr. Robinson Ezeh, however, informed them that the newspaper was established in 2013 and started publication in February 2014, as the most popular Nigerian newspaper. renowned in business and politics. .
According to the Sunday editor, Mr Geoffery Ekenna, who also headed the media team, told the students that the paper, which has been on newsstands across the federation for eight years, is published simultaneously in three locations – Lagos , Abuja and Aba – across the country respectively to improve the effective and efficient daily distribution of the newspaper.
Unlike when newspapers were published in Lagos, he said it made it difficult to distribute newspapers efficiently given the long distance, poor road conditions, insecurity and other high transport risks. newspapers.
The editor, who noted that there are many genres in media, such as print, broadcast (radio and television), filmmaking, advertising and public relations, told New Telegraph, belongs to print journalism.
He also pointed out that there are several departments/units in a media house, which range from administration, editorial, business development/advertising, circulation, accounting, graphics, among others. , who all work as a team to ensure proper management of a newspaper.
As a newspaper, he said production chains start with news gathering by journalists who go out daily to seek/gather news through surveys, interviews, events, contacts, press statements/releases, press conferences/news, who write and send their copies to the editor or daily editor.
According to him, the news is sent to the sub-office for editing, before being sent to the graphic designers for planning. “Afterwards, these planned pages are sent to Production Edition for final proofreading/editing before being sent to the production team for prepress and printing,” he added.
On his part, the Sports Editor, Mr. Adekunle Salami, talked about the need for effective communication skills and the ability to write well, as a basic ingredient that a journalist or mass communicator must possess to function well in the industry.