Says social media cannot replace traditional media
Maduako Igbokwe l Wednesday, September 7, 2022
AWKA – Anambra State Commissioner for Information , Mr Paul Nwosu has urged journalists to continuously update their skills in the profession as social media cannot replace traditional media.
The Commissioner gave the advice on Wednesday when the members of Correspondents’ Chapel of Nigeria Union of journalists( NUJ) Anambra state visited him in his office.
According to him, journalists should always update their knowledge on the process of news gathering, processing and dissemination as social media cannot replace the traditional media..
Nwosu said that the fact that somebody can afford electronic gadget and write story does not make him or her a journalist. He said that journalists are trained to processed information before pushing them to the public, while social media writers just sit in their homes and write story for the public .
“Journalists are trained to disseminate information. They cross check the facts of what they are writing for the public. Social media can be any person who can afford handset to write what he/she wants. People sit in their house and write anything they want” he said
According to him, Social media has not in any way affected the traditional news media in the country , noting that if anybody wants a credible news, he knows it can only be found in traditional media.
He said the advent of social media has brought about fake news and hate speech, stressing that the real people get their news from the traditional media by trained journalists.
According to him, there are a lot of investment in traditional Media and must not die. Earlier the chairman of the chapel, Chief Chukwujekwu Ilozue commended the state government under the leadership of Prof Charles Soludo for his developmental in the state.
According to him, the chapel had always maintained a cordial relationship with the previous governments and wanted the relationship to continue.
He also urged the commissioner to assist the chapel in it’s forthcoming workshop billed to hold on November.