Body partners Pan-Atlantic University to train journalists
The art of interviewing is one of the most important skills that a journalist needs to expand on information, clarify facts and see things from different perspectives. This was made clear at a one-day workshop on ‘The Art of Interviewing,’ which was held last month at the Pan-Atlantic University. MHNG Network organised the workshop in partnership with the School of Media and Communications (SMC) of Pan-Atlantic University.
The convener of the media initiative and CEO of Urban 10 Hub Limited, Miss Rosemary Egabor, stated that the training was important because interviews are used to expand upon the basic ‘who, what, where, how, when and why’ of newsgathering in whatever beat a journalist may cover, and it is the information gathered and dispersed that the public relies and acts on. According to her, the workshop was a response to the need for the Nigerian media to have capacity and make it respond to global best practices and serve the needs of an emerging economy like Nigeria.
On his part, Dean of School of Media and Communication, Dr. Ikechukwu Obiaya, applauded the initiative, saying it aligned very much with the school’s mission of providing training for media professionals to enable them pursue their calling of service to human cultures with a sense of creativity, skill, knowledge and values.
Twenty-five Journalists, drawn from different media houses, were nominated to attend the workshop, which was fully sponsored by the MHNG Network. Obiaya and Dr. Joseph Bel-Molokwu facilitated the workshop.
Urban 10 Hub Limited founded MHNG Network, one of Nigeria’s growing PR companies, in 2016. The primary goal of MHNG is to promote professionalism in the media through journalism networking programmes that bring together professionals from across all media platforms to network, debate and engage with national and global issues that are of importance to the Nigerian media industry. MHNG network also uses its social media platforms and online community to promote media-related activities and campaigns. Finally, through its partnerships, the network seeks to build capacity and promote best practices in the media. The network believes that a strong media will ultimately result in a strong PR because PR is all about storytelling.