In a bid to boost the capacity of journalists to maximally use the social media for news gathering, building online communities and engaging with their audiences, a one day social media summit tagged “Functional Social Networking for Nigerian journalists”, will hold on Thursday, 20 February, at the Amphitheatre, UBA House, 57 Marina, Lagos.
The one-day event is organised by Everything Journalism and its adjunct, The Journalism Clinic, in collaboration with United Bank for Africa (UBA) plc
“We have seen the creative disruption happening in the media space. It is important that Nigerian media professionals get a clear understanding of this process and how to take advantage of it. We hope that by hosting this high profile discussion for the media, a clear path way will be mapped for the Nigerian media industry,” said Phillips Oduoza, MD/CEO UBA Plc while explaining why the bank decided to sponsor and host the event.
Convener, Taiwo Obe, founder and moderator of the EveythingJournalism group and director of The Journalism Clinic, stated that at the end of the summit, not only would journalists “be more social-media friendly and savvy; media owners, a number of whom have indicated their participation at the summit, should also have the zeal to change their mindsets to operate more efficiently, and profitably, in the digital age.”
The four key questions to be answered by a team of media professionals and scholars are: Does One Platform Suit All? What Does It Profit Us?; What Can You Teach Me About Social Media? and Ethics: Why It Matters in Social Networking?
Panelists at the summit will include Azubuike Ishiekwene, GMD, Leadership Newspapers; Dr Anderson Ume-Eviegbo, principal, Dymore Vision Consulting and Dotun Oladipo, Lekan Otufodunrin, managing editor, online, The Nation; Wale Ajayi, head, department of mass communication, Lagos State Polytechnic, Qasim Akinreti, online journalist with the Voice of Nigeria, Dapo Olorunyomi, CEO/Editor-in-Chief of Premium Times and Shina Badaru, founder and editor of Technology Times and Yomi Omogbeja a trained online journalist, web designer and editor of AthleticsAfrica.
Others are Ms Joke Kujenya, assistant editor, Investigations at The Nation; Tolu Ogunlesi, a blogger and columnist; and Pelu Awofeso, a travel writer and travel book author.
Gbenga Adefaye, editor-in-chief and General Manager of Vanguard Newspapers which online portal is ranked #1 by global web analytics firm, Alexa.com, Prof Emevwo Biakolo, dean of faculty of the School of Media and Communication, Pan Atlantic University, Lagos and Taiwo Obe will moderate the sessions.
Dr Pius Onobhayedo, an experienced information technology and new media professional and head of New Media Department, School of Media and Communication, Pan Atlantic University will do a round-up of the sessions with a view to recommending action plans for execution by the journalists and media owners. There will also be a presentation on UBA’s plc’s advancements on e-commerce.
The event is open to pre-registered participants.