By Charles Mgbolu, Olufemi Ajasa & Abiodun Alade
The Summit on Functional Social Networking held in Lagos has ended with a call to journalists to embrace the growing potentials in social media which is landscaping the business of news gathering and reportage across the globe.
The summit which had newspaper editors and media entrepreneurs as Panelists spoke passionately at various sessions including profits in social media engagements and the core essence of social media vis a-vis modern journalism.
In his presentation, Dr Anderson Uvie-Emegbo, CEO -Dymore Vision Consulting and a Social Media lecturer said that the growing legion of bloggers is fast becoming a threat to the traditional paper. “readers no longer wait till the next day when fresh newspapers prints are issued to know what is in the news. News is now at their finger tips because of social media.”
“Newspaper proprietors and editors need to know that their competition is no more the next door paper but the reader himself. There is an insatiable thirst for news and they will go for it themselves if you (newspapers) do not bring it to them on time” Anderson said.