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Transportation challenges ‘killing’ our journalism passion—IT students
NEWS DIGEST–Students of Mass Communication from various higher institutions on Industrial Training (IT) Programme in Journalism on Friday attributed transportation as one of the major challenges faced during their learning process.
Some of them who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) in separate interviews in Abuja, told their stories from different angles of achievement, learning and experiences on the field.
Miss Tessy Uboho, an intern with NAN Lagos, said that the challenges she faced were basically transportation, unwillingness of news source to speak and some pleading anonymous most times.
She said that when assigned to go out with a staff reporter and a means of transportation was not provided, she had to find her way back to the office which was usually difficult.
Uboho said she enjoyed the learning process because she had passion for the job, Passion in going out to gather news, writing stories, interviewing people and learning journalism outside the theories in school.
“My supervisor was really friendly, he made me feel comfortable, tried his best to explain everything to me as someone who had just come into the field of practice.
“I learnt so many things from him, as I can boldly do a Vox Pop, conduct interviews, and being an analytical thinker.
“Because as a journalist, when you are doing a Vox Pop, you must get questions randomly to the interviewee, so you have to think out of the box,” she said.
Also, Mr Henry Mbagwu, who did his industrial training at IFM 92.3 radio station in Lagos, said it had been two months of great memories.
“The staff were very welcoming but since it was a radio station, I was groomed on how to talk on air and also going out to do vox pop was not easy, as some people saw journalists as threats.
“I had issues with transportation so I opted for going to work three times in a week but in all, it was very interesting and I learnt a lot.”
However, Mr Ebeh Chimuanya of FRCN in Abuja said that those on internship in the Corporation did not really get the attention of reporters to teach them because they were always busy.
He said that the major challenge interns were facing in their various agencies was transportation, stating that “if you want to source for news, means of transportation is key”.
“I desire to go out and source for news since the reporters are always busy and don’t have time for us but we are not financially buoyant to go out on our own, which limits us.
“If a means of transportation is provided for interns to go source for news, they won’t be idle and they will be more productive.”
NAN reports that students from different higher institutions were annually dispatched every academic session to different media houses to practise the theory they were taught in school. (NAN)