When ed­i­tors spoke on business for me­dia sur­vival

Sunday Trust - - MEDIA -

Ed­i­tors and me­dia man­agers from around the country dis­cuss in Port Har­court, Rivers State the need to en­cour­age the business as­pect of the sec­tor. From Vic­tor Edozie, Har­court

FPort or five days, from Septem­ber 20 to 25, over 300 ed­i­tors un­der the plat­form of the Nigeria Guild of Ed­i­tors (NGE) were in Port Har­court, Rivers State to de­lib­er­ate on is­sues that will chart a new course for the sur­vival of me­dia in­dus­try in the present harsh eco­nomic re­ces­sion.

The con­fer­ence, with theme “Nigeria Me­dia, Balanc­ing Pro­fes­sion­al­ism and Business,” tagged All Nigeria Ed­i­tors Con­fer­ence and Ex­tra Or­di­nary Con­ven­tion was the 13th edi­tion. It was also the sec­ond hosted by Rivers State gov­ern­ment.

The con­fer­ence af­forded par­tic­i­pants the op­por­tu­nity to look into is­sues that af­fect the in­dus­try as it con­cerns its sur­vival in a dwin­dling econ­omy and the wel­fare of prac­ti­tion­ers.

The pres­i­dent of the Guild, Funke Egbe­mode, stressed the need for ed­i­tors to be mind­ful of the de­mands of the work in a point that they may re­tire broke.

She said it was time for ed­i­tors to think of en­trepreneur­ship to take care of them­selves just as they think of work­ing pro­fes­sion­ally. She re­vealed that an “Ed­i­tors Business Group” had been set up to guide ed­i­tors in en­trepreneur­ship.

Egbe­mode lamented that the me­dia is a be­sieged and be­lea­guered in­dus­try where the pro­fes­sion and the pro­fes­sion­als are not in good stand­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to her, the re­ces­sion may be re­ced­ing in other sec­tors but not in the me­dia, ex­plain­ing that me­dia pre­dates the na­tion­ally rec­og­nized one.

On the whole, the Pres­i­dent noted that plans are un­der­way to offer schol­ar­ship to chil­dren in In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons (IDPs) camp and es­tab­lish ed­i­tors farm states in some states and Abuja as part of its cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity.

A me­dia ex­pert and chair­man, Nige­rian In­sti­tute of Jour­nal­ism Govern­ing Coun­cil, Mal­lam Isma’ila Fun­tua, urged the ed­i­tors to curb abuses in on­line and so­cial me­dia plat­forms.

Fun­tua who was the chair­man of the con­fer­ence said the me­dia was be­ing at­tacked by un­qual­i­fied individuals and Nigeria is the only country where on­line news is free.

He also en­joined pub­lish­ers and me­dia own­ers to pay salaries of their work­ers, adding that prompt pay­ment would dis­cour­age grat­i­fi­ca­tions in the pro­fes­sion.

The key­note speaker and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of The In­ter­view Mag­a­zine, Mr Azubuike Ishiek­wene, said for a medium to sur­vive, it has to hire a proven ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor that would have spe­cific mea­sur­able business tar­gets.

Ishiek­wene who was one­time ed­i­tor of Punch news­pa­per and Group Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Lead­er­ship News­pa­pers Group, said me­dia own­ers should get spon­sor­ship from any of the global me­dia gi­ants with interest in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

He also called for the re­ju­ve­na­tion of the ethics and dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee. He ad­vised that the public should be car­ried along by pro­vid­ing chan­nels through which they may ap­proach it when they have com­plaints.

Ac­cord­ing to him, ed­i­tors must raise the game as sin­gle­minded fo­cus on jour­nal­ism is the strong­est for ad­vo­cacy.

“Un­til and un­less you get your jour­nal­ism right and pur­sue it with sin­gle-minded fo­cus, you will be wast­ing your time. If our pro­fes­sion is in trou­ble to­day, it’s be­cause we the pro­fes­sion­als have sac­ri­ficed on the al­tar of business poor ethics,” he noted.

The Chair­man, Board of Di­rec­tors, Me­dia Trust Limited, Mal­lam Kabiru Yusuf, de­liv­ered a pa­per ti­tled “The me­dia as business, the print as­pect.”

The Se­nate Pres­i­dent, Dr Bukola Saraki, rep­re­sented by Chair­man, Se­nate Com­mit­tee on Me­dia and Public Af­fairs, Se­na­tor Aliyu Ab­dul­lahi, in a pa­per ti­tled “Leg­isla­tive Ef­forts and Fo­cus on Pro-poor is­sues, Na­tional As­sem­bly per­spec­tive,” as­sured that the Na­tional As­sem­bly was alive and sen­si­tive to its con­sti­tu­tional re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and roles.

He said the law­mak­ers would con­tinue to cre­ate the en­abling en­vi­ron­ment to pro­duce “the great­est ac­cess to op­por­tu­nity in a united and pros­per­ous na­tion for gen­er­a­tions yet un­born.”

Rivers State Gov­er­nor, Nye­som

Funke Egbe­mode, Pres­i­dent, Nigeria Guild of Ed­i­tors

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