The editor of Blueprint Newspapers, Abdulrahman Abdulrauf, has charged 300-level students of the department of mass communication of Nile University, Abuja, to be hard-working, patient and “possess the attitude of service to society, if you want to succeed as journalist.”
He also urged them to always stand by the truth and avoid the get-rich-quick syndrome.
Abdulrauf, who gave the charge Thursday when the students visited the corporate headquarters of the paper on excursion, said despite the challenges facing the hardcopy newspapers, they were still relevant tools for nation-building.
Speaking earlier, a lecturer in the department, Dr. Ridwan Adeyemi, said the aim of the excursion “is to expose the students to the practical aspects of what they have been taught in the classroom.”
During the interactive session with the students, the paper’s State House correspondent, Abdullahi Gulloma, charged the students to have a nose for news and to be ready to face the risk associated with the profession.
“It is an unpardonable offence to disclose your source of information as a journalist. It is better for a journalist to go to jail than to disclose his source of information. If you disclose your source as a journalist, it would be difficult for them to trust you with sensitive information the next time,” he said.
On his part, the online editor, Ikenna Okonkwo, urged the students to acquire digital skills in order to adapt to the changing nature of journalism occasioned by technology.