Do Nigerian Print Journalists Know It Is Christmas?

Mr. Victor Ifijeh, the Running Director and Editor-in-Main of The Nation newspaper, while delivering a lecture titled, ‘Survival of the Print Media in the Electronic Age’, all through the ebook presentation celebration and 60th birthday of the Provost of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Mr. Gbemiga Ogunleye, held on the key campus of the institute in Ogba, Lagos past yr strongly warned that the print media faces a doable loss of life owing to the devastating effects of the Net.

He reported, “These are making an attempt instances for print journalists the world around. Our beloved business is experiencing unparalleled challenges. Publications are gasping for breath. The potential appears to be like uncertain. We are advised that the conclusion of what we labour day by day to create is around. They hinged their prediction on technological advancement – the impact of the Online.”

Acknowledging the positive aspects of the Online to the modern-day modern society, he mentioned, “In our subject, facts is now readily out there. Its dissemination is now a lot easier. With your smartphone, you can obtain regardless of what that you need to have cost-free-of-charge. You are also bombarded with a deluge of information – totally free and well timed.”

In opposition to the backdrop of the foregoing, it will not be out of spot to say that the warning could not have occur from any other Journalist in the profession that is glibly referred to as “Fourth Estate of The Realm” than from Ifijeh who has unarguably paid his dues in the career acquiring traversed all editorial departments that characterize a normal media group. Aptly place, he is on a vantage pedestal to fully grasp that anything is seriously wrong in the profession. Soon after all, an African proverb has it that “What the elders see whilst sitting down, the young kinds standing on their toes will not see.” In a similar vein, one more African proverb states, “Ask individuals who are in advance about a buffalo.” There is no denying the fact that Ifijeh could have staying asked about his sights on the condition of points in the career at the event, to which he made available his look at as recalled in the foregoing.

Some yrs back, as a Cub Reporter, I read through an belief report in the Punch newspaper. The short article titled ‘Bailout for Debtor media Residences?’ and penned by Idowu Sowunmi, outlined the names of media homes that at the time owed workers’ salaries from 4 months to 18 entire months. Devoid of doubting the foregoing info which Journalists are nonetheless struggling with even until the minute of typing this piece, a person can not but ruminate on how a Journalist that has not been compensated salaries for as a lot as 18 months will be professionally and ethically indisposed in the training course of duties, and will much more usually than not not becoming in the correct frame of thoughts to cover news events. Even if they are not paid in other uneventful months, so to say, are they not entitled to their salaries in December which is invariably the thirty day period Xmas is celebrated, for them to know that there is Xmas? How have unpaid Journalists been surviving for close to a calendar year? You might have been tempted to check with. Some “shameless ones” endure by heading a-borrowing, and ‘marketing’ because the regularity of the ‘brown envelope’ is seemingly irregular and meagre.

In a equivalent vein, one particular has remaining severally queried in disbelief by relations and buddies in other sectors of the financial state. They are wont to question, “Instead of disturbing everybody, can’t you seem for work exterior the media sector?”

Despite the lingering problem of small and unpaid salaries that the sector is characterised with, and relentless assaults by some arrogant and “short fused” leaders, the journalism job has remained appealing to equally the initiated and uninitiated. For the umpteenth moments, I experienced pinch myself and request if I am certainly in the appropriate profession.

A brother that I am in the Christendom with as soon as admonished me, in the bid to dissuade me from the job, with the scripture in 1 Corinthians 6:12 that claims, “Anything is permissible for me,” but not every little thing is helpful. “All the things is permissible for me,” but I will not be mastered by nearly anything. Interpretatively place, “It is permissible to be in any career, but not all professions are valuable. All profession is permissible to get the job done in, but I will not be mastered to any. Simply put, it is the peak of ignorance on the portion of anyone to be subjected to relatively slavery in a job that is not useful. Having said that, in as significantly as I was grateful to his guidance, I held on to the phrase of wisdom that was proverbially offered by Rutherford Hayes that suggests, “The daring enterprises are the thriving kinds. Choose counsel of hopes instead than of fears to gain in this business.” I held on to the foregoing words and phrases of Hayes as an African proverb has it that the environment that awaits us in the long term is even bigger than the one we are presently going through.

It would be recalled that the then Minister of Info, Late Dora Akunyili in 2010 even though talking at the opening of the new headquarters of the Punch Newspaper in the pointed out that lots of media organizations in Nigeria owed their Journalists quite a few months’ salaries. She mentioned there could be no liberty with out income. “A hungry man is an offended gentleman. A hungry journalist is a risky man or woman,” she stated. “You cannot hope a hungry journalist to shun blackmail or to be fair in the presentation of details, he is harmful to democracy.”

It is rather implausible that this nexus in the lifetime of a Journalist has come all over again. Christmas is just hours absent as at the time of crafting this piece. Christmas celebration has been overtaking them by each and every passing yr so substantially that Christmas Eve (popularly known as Watch Night time) is spent in the newsroom crafting and enhancing tales even as worship in Churches morphed into an instant response to human need to have. The experience has no doubt for the umpteenth times remained imbedded in their collective memory that instead than seem forward to Xmas they turn into overwhelmed by anxiety as they really do not know how to get the wherewithal to be a part of Nigerians in other sectors to celebrate the yearly party with their family members and pals. To people of us in the Christendom, it is a instant that I feel encapsulates the coronary heart of Christ’s gospel. If life’s harsh realities can discover us wherever we are (and they do as been skilled in the area of journalism), then the gospel (the Fantastic News) must equally much better locate us there, way too and spiritualize our life.

Personally, it is in opposition to the backdrop of the foregoing watch that at the celebration of each Xmas Eve I return to the words and phrases of Matthew’s Gospel, detailing when life’s harsh actuality, borne by politics, overtook Jesus, Mary and Joseph along with a ton of other holy people. For no sooner experienced the “wise men” arrived, “opening their treasure chests” than an angel reveals up in Joseph’s desires with a very first century dose of truth that starts in text we all have an understanding of: “Get up.” In this context, the command “Get up” has embolden my religion that person that is down would one working day, absolutely “Get up”.

“Get up, take the little one and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and keep on being there until I convey to you for Herod is about to search for the boy or girl to ruin him.” To this writer, the issue, “Do Nigerian Journalists Know It Is Christmas?” which is invariably the title of this piece, remains a dilemma which only organization mogul in the media sector of the economy can solution.

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