Strategic stakeholders in the media industry have again reminded professionals in Ondo state to uphold the tenets of the profession as the October 10 governorship election draws near
Addressing journalists at a media parley organisend by the the International Press Centre and Institute for Media and Society In Akure, they enjoined journalists to set agenda for successful polls, peace and societal development.
ORANGE FM’S Otobot Jim reports that the one day roundtable with the theme “Professional,
Inclusive and conflict sensitive reporting of Ondo state governorship election” was aimed at ensuring that ethical standards in news reportage are strictly adhered to.
In his opening remarks, the Executive Director, Institute for Media and Society, Dr. Akin Akingbulu enjoined journalists to ensure fairness and accuracy in the coverage of the electoral process.
Also the Senior Programme Manager, International Press Centre, Mr. Sanmi Falobi submitted that the workshop would help deepen the role of the media in promoting a credible electoral process
A Mass Communication lecturer at Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji Arakeji Professor Tokunbo Adaja in a lecture opined that the media’s indispensable role in information dissemination can not be neglected as it is the watchdog that safeguards the credibility and transparency of the electoral process
Professor Ayo Ojebode of the Dept of Communication Arts, University of Ibadan who explained the agenda setting power of the media, emphasised that professionals must be supported to deliver on their watchdog mandate
In his presentation, Mr Ayo Aluko-Olokun enjoined journalists to use investigate methods to ensure factual and accurate reporting so as not to create conflict.
In their goodwill messages, Ondo state NUJ chairman, Adetona Aderoboye represented by the General secretary , Leke Adegbite and NAWOJ chairperson, Doris Olumuko, appreciated the organizers and promised that journalists in the state will continue to ensure credibility and fairness in their reportage.
Some of the participants including Mr. Akinwumi Abodunde said regular meeting of minds by media professionals is important to enable them play their critical role in societal development.
There was an interactive session where participants commended INEC for making concerted effort to give the nation credible elections but highlighted the need for the electoral umpire to take the nation to the level where the citizens will have unshakable confidence in the electoral process