By Olawale Ibrahim , Lokoja
Sixty journalists are benefiting from a training programme being conducted by the Management of Folio Communications in collaboration with Dangote Industries .
The workshop commenced on Wednesday at the Permanent Site of Dangote Cement Company, Obajana in Kogi State with the theme ” The convergence Journalism.”
The three-day training programme is being attended by journalists from the North Central region of the country, with brainstorming sessions on critical media practice.
Head of Special project of the Folio Communication, Mr. Pius Alabi, while welcoming participants to the workshop, assured that the resource persons are versatile in the areas they have chosen to discuss and therefore advised them not only to be listeners, but contribute positively and effectively for the overall achievement of the objective of the exercise.
He explained that the three-day programme will centre on convergence journalism, the emergence of the Dangote cement company, its development, achievements and future plans.
Others include social media journalism, Public Relations and Advertising.
Alabi thanked the management of the Dangote Industries and that of the Obajana cement company for their reception, promising that Journalists will use their good offices to allow the whole world to know about their activities.
The first paper with the theme Convergence Journalism was delivered by one of the longest-serving editors in the Nigerian newspaper industry, Abdulkareem Baba Aminu.
He was the Saturday editor of Daily Trust for 12 years after practicing for 2 decades.
He is also a trainer of some varieties of sub-sectors of Journalism.
He described convergence journalism as bringing together some varieties of the media based on either ownership, tactical or structural in information gathering and story-telling through the television, radio,newspaper and social media.
Baba Aminu described the emergence of the convergence journalism as revolutionary and an evolution that transforms communication through the media as more than one means that can be utilized to achieve more goals.
He, however, said though there are more gains in the idea of convergence Journalism, there could be challenges especially if room is given for competition by being lazy, urging practitioners to keep up to update to sustain leadership.
Other challenges associated with the convergence of journalism, the renowned editor said, include collusion with non-media fields like banks and other cybercrimes and persons using such platforms to denigrate citizens.