The Department of Mass Communication, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka and a non-governmental organisation, ‘Beyond Community Care Foundation (BCCF), have partnered to train undergraduates of the institution on ethical journalism.
At a press conference, the institution and the NGO said they would bring top journalists to the school on a programme, ‘Town and Gown’, to mentor students and mould them into fine journalists.
The head Mass Communication department, Prof. Chinwe Uzochukwu, and directors of BCCF, Mariam Bello and Onuora Aninwobodo, disclosed this.
Uzochukwu said: “The event would take place at ASUU-NAU Secretariat, UNIZIK on August 19, and we hope to use it to bring practical experiences from top professionals to the students. Some of the top journalists expected at the occasion include a former managing director of Champion Newspapers, Emma Agu, and a former MD of Sun Newspapers, Chief Tony Onyima.”
She hinted that the theme of the mentorship programme would be ‘Exploring emerging opportunities in Media and Communication’. Aninwobodo added that no fewer than 500 almajirai had benefited from the foundation through education, healthcare facilities and employment.