Skip to main content

MEDIA CONVERGENCE AND JOURNALISM IN NIGERIA



Director-general of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mr Peter Jack
Journalism tomorrow will be centered on mobility and a 360-degree approach to news. All media will be one. This is the essence of media convergence.

Over the course of the past decade, the digitization and socialization of the news production, transmission and circulation process has posed a major challenge to the journalism profession and have brought about radical changes for media businesses, journalists, and citizens at large.

With Social Media and online journalism growing increasingly pervasive and prominent due to its ability to dramatically raise faster awareness about an event, a divide now exists between the awareness of the event and its report by a journalist. This unprecedented growth has provided a multiple platform for story-telling and for distributing journalistic content.

While the journalists of today operate in an ever faster-paced industry, and netiizens have access to a cornucopia of sources of news and information, the journalist of the future now need a new media skillset and a new media mindset to become digitally savvy with the ability to THINK digitally in order to be relevant.

It was in the light of this development that the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), further revealed the agency’s commitment to enhance the capacity of reporters for a more comprehensive reportage of the information technology sector, when they engaged the services of Mena Communications Limited to train the Nigerian Journalist in a 3 day media workshop with the theme ‘challenges of reporting information communication technology in a digital age
One big trend of the journalism of tomorrow is centered on the end of labeling different types of media and separating them. The journalist of tomorrow can no longer afford to write only for the newspaper as the audience now consumes a variety of media – sometimes at the same time. The journalist should be able to communicate the story in various media forms to the audience. Journalism tomorrow will be centered on mobility and a 360-degree approach to news. All media will be one. This is the essence of media convergence.

The newsroom of the future is one that truly embodies the nature of the news being produced: it is open, discoursive and fully integrated. Media convergence will be seen in the newsroom: TV studios, printing press, radio/podcast booths, computers, tablets & post-production graphics & videos will combine into one newsroom. The newsroom will produce the same message in different forms for different audiences that consume news at different times.

By 2021-2031, the paper will transform into a rollable e-Sheet like a rubber placemat, full-colour & charged by sunlight & ambient light. It will only need low power & can be connected to wireless connection ports. It will be virtually indestructible and can be washed or dropped without destroying the paper. This will be the “paper” we will use daily for all sorts of things, including reading the newspaper from.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Anambra election: Non voters refused access to Onitsha-Enugu expressway, others

One of the military personnel told NAN under anonymity that only accredited vehicles were allowed to pass through the road block.

In Ifte-Awka, Okpuno, Amawbia, Nibo and Umudioka, all in Awka South Local Government, security personnel were seen at all the major junctions and polling units.

At Aroma Junction in Awka, INEC presiding officer, Mr. Joshua Ejimbi, told NAN that he was happy with the level of security at the centre.

A local observer from the Centre for Citizens with Disability, Mr. David Anyamele, also corroborated the position of Ejimbi on security and applauded various security organisations for massive deployment of their personnel for the election.

Here's what BankyW thinks about Ebuka Obi-Uchendu's outfit that Nigerians fell in love with

As we all know, Ebuka Obi-Uchebdu basically stole the show at BankyW and Adesua Etomi's traditional wedding ceremony on Sunday with his unique Agbada outfit and even the groom was also confused for a minute at who was actually getting married.

Alex Iwobi set for new £50,000 per week contract at Arsenal, his second pay rise this year

Arsenal football club of England is set to reward Nigerian football starlet Alex Iwobi for his wonderful performances this season with a new bumper pay rise, his second pay rise this year.