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

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Ezenwo Wike, who de­clared the con­fer­ence opened, said that the country is in cri­sis be­cause of poor gov­er­nance, nepo­tism and marginal­iza­tion.

He said: “At times like this, the country needs forth­right lead­er­ship and con­sen­sus build­ing to steer the ship of state from the wrong di­rec­tion it is headed to safer grounds.”

The gov­er­nor noted that the clam­our for po­lit­i­cal re­struc­tur­ing, fis­cal fed­er­al­ism, state po­lice and guar­an­tees for free and fair elec­tions have never been so de­ter­mined across the country.

Gov­er­nor Wike re­gret­ted that de­spite the mon­u­men­tal achieve­ments of his ad­min­is­tra­tion, the op­po­si­tion in the state has con­tin­ued to un­der­mine de­vel­op­ment, with tacit sup­port from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment and a po­lit­i­cally in­clined po­lice.

The pub­lisher of This­day News­pa­per and Pres­i­dent, News­pa­per Pro­pri­etors’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Nigeria (NPAN), Mr Nduka Obi­ag­bena, called on me­dia man­agers to de­velop strong brands to over­come the chal­lenge posed by so­cial me­dia.

In a ten-point com­mu­niqué at the end of the con­fer­ence signed by Funke and the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Guild, Vic­to­ria Ibanga, noted that the me­dia had been and still ex­pe­ri­ence a cri­sis of re­ces­sion which pre­sup­poses that gov­ern­ment would need to do more to en­sure an con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment that is con­ducive to en­cour­age the sec­tor to flour­ish.

The ed­i­tors agreed that while re­tain­ing pro­fes­sional ex­cel­lence, they would also need to ex­plore other rev­enue yield­ing ven­tures or business prospects to en­sure that life after their ed­i­to­rial as­sign­ments was not a night­mare.

The com­mu­niqué also de­cided that ed­i­tors, in ad­di­tion to their ed­i­to­rial func­tions, should con­cern them­selves with the business side of the me­dia to en­sure that their es­tab­lish­ments thrive and business after re­tire­ment would be knowl­edge­based and ex­pe­ri­ence-en­riched.

The con­fer­ence en­joined Mass Com­mu­ni­ca­tion de­part­ments and Jour­nal­ism train­ing in­sti­tu­tions to in­clude business cour­ses in their cur­ric­u­lar, so as to pre­pare fu­ture ed­i­tors for business of the me­dia in­dus­try.

The ed­i­tors agreed that the NPAN and the me­dia stake­hold­ers should col­lab­o­rate to en­sure the set­ting up of newsprint pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies and re­sus­ci­ta­tion of the mori­bund Oku Iboku com­pany in Akwa Ibom State, so as to ad­dress the cri­sis of high cost of im­ported newsprint.

On the wel­fare of re­tired jour­nal­ists, the com­mu­niqué ap­pealed to both the fed­eral and state gov­ern­ments to pay out­stand­ing gra­tu­ities and pen­sions of re­tired ed­i­tors and other classes of re­tirees to make life mean­ing­ful.

The Guild also re­gret­ted the en­croach­ment of its land in Guzape, Abuja and ap­pre­ci­ates the prom­ise by the FCT Min­is­ter to re­dress the sit­u­a­tion.

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