Community Journalism Is Most dangerous- Alhaji Kuye, LASPOTECH Deputy Registrar/PRO

-Enjoin Journalists To Be Careful With Sponsors

 

Alhaji Lanre Kuye, the Deputy Registrar, (Information)/Public Relations Officer, LAGOS State Polytechnic, (LASPOTECH), Ikorodu has described community journalism practice as most dangerous. He also warned journalists to be very careful of making people within their area of operation their major source of sponsorship for their publications.

The LASPOTECH Information Officer who is also a member of Board of Trustee, League of Journalists, Ikorodu, spoke on the theme, “The Danger of Community Journalism” at the outreach meeting of the league in Ijede on Wednesday, February 17, 2016.

Alhaji Kuye who stated that society is the wall of our imprisonment acknowledged the efforts of community media practitioners for daring to unravel what some people would prefer hidden.

“It was an author who stated that the society we live in is the wall of our imprisonment. In that wise, there are so many people that would not want you to publish certain things but you must answer the call of duty in ensuring that you inform the public accurately irrespective of whose ox is gore.”

“Your job especially that of those that are into community journalism is very challenging and dangerous but it is primary for reporters to unravel what some want to keep secret. And to do this effectively, you need to know your public, constantly tell the public the truth, have financial power and be fearless.”

The LASPOTECH PRO who stated that he is afraid of practicing community journalism because of the danger inherent in it praised Oriwu Sun, Starlight and THE IMPACT for their persistence in reporting activities and issues in Ikorodu despite glaring dangers.

He also warned that no community paper would survive if its sponsors are members of the same community.

“It is important to let the practitioners (community journalism) know that there is no how they will survive if there sponsors are members within the same community they are operating in because there is no how they would be able to write about the ill of their sponsors and if they attempt it, the implication is that such sponsors would withdraw their sponsorship and issue threat.

“People within a community appreciate you more than the national papers when you report issues within their community and you deserve commendations especially you that have been in the vanguard of serious community journalism.”

He advised practitioners to know their public, the public needs, set objectives, take budget seriously and always do evaluation of their activities if they want to survive.

The league of Journalists, Ikorodu had invited Alhaji Lanre Kuye to speak on the topic and educate members on the dangers of practicing journalism especially community journalism as a result of challenges and threats being faced by the publisher of THE IMPACT in the course of journalism practice.

A courtesy visit was paid by members of the league on The Executive Secretary, Ijede Local Council Development Area (LCDA).

While attending to members of the League led by its President, Otunba Dare Odufowokan, the Executive Secretary apologized for his inability to attend the outreach meeting due to pressing council matters and pledged to honour subsequent programmes of the league.

After the meeting with the Executive Secretary, league members also familiarized themselves with the town by visiting historic and important places in Ijede.

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