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Journalists tasked on responsible reportage

By Taye Obateru & Adedoyin Ojosipe

Jos — Journalists have been challenged to inject a sense of responsibility into their reportage of conflicts so that they do not worsen situations.

Director, Centre for Conflict Management and Peace Studies of the University of Jos, Dr. Shedrack Best who threw the challenge, said peace and the general well-being of society should not be compromised in trying to sell or attract patronage.

He spoke, yesterday, at a workshop for journalists with the theme, The Media, Conflict and Peace Building in Plateau State, saying journalists must report with responsibility considering how sensationalism and inaccuracies could escalate crises.

He said since conflicts were inevitable in society, correct reportage could assist in deriving positive results from them by creating avenues for dialogue and resolution which would ultimately lead to change and development.

Speaking on, The Journalist as Both Factual Reporter and Peace Ambassador, a veteran journalist, Dr. Gideon Barde urged journalists to rise above primordial and other sentiments and place the interest of the country and its people above everything else.

“A professional journalist,” he said, “believes in upholding the virtues of truth and justice. He respects facts and treats them as sacred. He is committed to sharing knowledge and information at his disposal for the benefit of the general public.


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