By MICHAEL EBOH
LAGOS — Students of the Advanced Writing and Reporting Skill, AWARES, Course 12, of Pan-Atlantic University, yesterday, visited Vanguard newspapers as part of their tour of media facilities across the country, which is part of the requirement for their training.
Mr. Mideno Bayagbon, Editor, Vanguard, while addressing the students led by Mr. Adile Iroajugh, President of the class, schooled them on the transformation that have been recorded in the process of news gathering and reporting over the years.
He said unlike in the past where news gathering and reporting were clumsy and cumbersome with reports submitted in handwritten form, news are today being gathered using advanced communication equipment and sent for production through information technology channels from every nooks and crannies of the country and other parts of the world.
He said the transformation had made news production more professional and highly technical.
He urged the students to be creative in their chosen carrier and also be professional.
Mideno said: “You should think out of the box and add value to what you have learnt during the course of study.”
“Be creative, get the education, create passion and get result. Use your brain and get at the top of the job.”
Taking the students on tour of Vanguard’s, Mr. Eze Anaba, Deputy Editor, briefed the students on the workings of the news- room and other segments of newspaper production.
He schooled the students on the various segments of newspaper production, from news gathering, editing, functions of the sub-desk, graphics department and the press among others.
Also speaking, Mr. Kayode Matthew, News Editor, congratulated the students on their attainment, assuring them that they stand to gain a lot from this visit.
He said unlike in the past, where students do not have the opportunity to have on-site and first-hand knowledge of workings of the media, this visit will give the students the opportunity to expand their knowledge and have a full understanding of the operations of the media.
Responding, Iroajugh, thanked Vanguard the opportunity given them at short notice. He commended the media organisation for the state of art facilities it has deployed to provide information to the world.