The second edition of the women in journalism conference, an annual gathering for leading women journalists in Nigeria to interact and promote their profession, held on Thursday 3rdJuly at the Muson centre, Onikan, Lagos.
The event, hosted by Publisher of Today’s woman and host of the talk show, Seriously Speaking Ms. Adesuwa Onyenokwe and Oluwaseun Olaniyan of Nigeria info, was attended by an array of seasoned journalists and prominent media personalities including Sen. Chris Anyanwu who gave the key-note address, Hon. Abike Dabiri, Ms. Ify Omowole; NAWOJ chairperson, Bimbo Oloyede, Ruth Benemaisia-Opia, IjeomaNwogwugwu, Agatha Amatha, Toni Kan Onwordi and Funke Treasure Durodola among others.
The conference with the theme ‘Truth and Objectivity in the Digital Age,’ had an attendace of over 200 dynamic female journalist from the new media, print and electronic media.
Speaking on the need for truth and objectivity in Journalism, Ms. Bimbo Oloyede advocated for balanced and factual reportage and urged women in Journalism to embrace professionalism in the business.
Panelist and veteran talk show host, Agatha Amata tasked the women to be focused, authentic, and consistent. And to look inwards Vis a Vis content generation to fund their media based ventures.
Ms. Ify Omowole encouraged the women to improve themselves through trainings as that is the only way to measure up in the industry.
TW had a brief chat with Sen. Chris Anyanwu in which she underscored the importance of the contributions and sacrifices of female journalists to the profession and also addressed other National issues including the violence against persons bill she sponsored in the 7th assembly. In her opinion journalists, whether male or female, should always check their facts before publishing. On the bill she expressed dismay that many didn’t check to confirm that the bill circulated on the social media was the real one… Which wasn’t the case.
Highlights of the event included presentations by notable journalists, panels which included representatives of some sponsors to discuss the presentations, a question and answer session, networking and a raffle draw in which attendees won cash prizes, and some products from Samsung. As part of their CSR, FCMB sponsored 20 aspiring journalists from the department of Mass Communication, University of Lagos.
The event was convened by AOL, led by Yomi Owope, and tw media, publishers of Today’s woman; and sponsored by FCMB, Access bank and Samsung, amongst others.
Written by: Nimdir Nansoh