*Kazeem Awojoodu, Ibadan.
Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Boss has urged journalists to desist from purveying fake News.
SWIndependentnews.com.ng Fake news dissemination has been described as a tools capable of causing a disaster to the society, on this regards the Director of National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) South West zone, Mr. Raphael Akpan has implored broadcasters and journalists to refrain from purveying fake news by avoiding the rush to quickly break news stories without proper verification of facts.
Mr. Akpan gave the advice when addressing a group of media graduands from SplashFm media academy, Ibadan the Capital City of Oyo State, on Friday.
Akpan said that the spread of fake news particularly through social media has become worrisome for the media industry, stressing that the rush to break news and information should not debar journalists from verifying facts and sticking to professional norms.
Having undergone a comprehensive training, tutoring and mentoring on six curricula which involved journalism, digital media, production, programme development, content development and presentation as well as broadcasting by seasoned lecturers and media professionals, the first set of students numbering about 49 pioneering students graduated from the SplashFm media academy owned by West Midlands communications management, founder of SplashFm and LageluFm, are now set to explore potentials in the media industry.
In an address to the graduands, the South West zonal director of the national broadcasting commission (NBC), Mr Raphael Akpan urged them to be value addition to the industry and contribute in strengthening the nation’s cohesiveness and development.
Also in a charge to the graduands, the General Manager Operations, Mr Tunde Olawuwo implored them to always create rooms for self development and improvement while constantly maintaining their integrity.
Ace broadcaster, and foundation staff of SplashFm radio, Mr Edmond Obilo in a valedictory charge, urged the graduands to sometimes shift from stereotype and be creative in making meaningful impact.
Speaking on behalf of the graduands, Mrs Oyebisi Durosaro and Mr Bade Adefioye acknowledged that the academy equip them with basic skills to explore the industry and commend management of the academy for professional engagement.
The chairman and founder of West Midlands communications, and the Abese Olubadan of Ibadanland, Chief Bayo Akande and the general manager administration, Mr Shina Alawode amongst other management staff graced the event.
Highpoint of the convocation was presentation of certificate to the graduands by the director of studies, Mr Michael Olatunbosun.