A Veteran Journalist and Nigeria/Africa representative at the International Press Institute (IPI) Executive Board in Vienna, Alhaji Raheem Adedoyin has urged online journalists to learn the basic ethics and principles of journalism in order to function effectively.
Raheem Adedoyin, a former editor at the Guardian Newspaper made this call during a training organized by FactualTimes for Online Journalists and bloggers in Kwara State during the weekend.
Adedoyin said Online News platforms should not be a dump site for fake news and unverified information, noting that fake news is harmful to general wellbeing of the society.
He therefore applauded FactualTimes Managing Editor, Oyewale Oyelola for organizing the training that will help online journalists understand basic tenets of journalism profession.
The former Commissioner for Information in Kwara state hinted that International Press Institute has outlined different trainings/workshops to build capacity of journalists across the globe.
Another facilitator at the event, Dr Ayo Alao who is a Senior lecturer at Kwara State University tasked online journalists to pay attention to community development in their news coverage.
Alao explained that community development is one of the social responsibilities of journalists and people operating in the digital media should also add value as well as help proffer solution to problems in the society.
Earlier, the CEO Digprom, Kayode Ishola sensitized participants on Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Digital Content Circulation and Website management.
In his remarks, FactualTimes Managing Editor, Oyewale Oyelola said they organized the training to mark 6th year anniversary of their Media outfit, adding that its third series of annual media training.
Oyelola however appreciated International Press Centre, Lagos for providing useful resource materials distributed during the training.
Some of the participants praised FactualTimes management for deeming it fit to train Online Journalists in Kwara state, noting that it will help sanitize their the digital journalism space.
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