Amongst the 100 journalists who were selected for this year’s Future News Worldwide Conference Award is Mr Olutaiwo Ayobami, a student journalist.
Olutaiwo Ayobami, a final year student of the Federal University Oye Ekiti, is a member of the Campus Reporter Network of the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ).
Future News Worldwide is a partnership programme between the British Council and some of the world’s leading media organisations.
The conference, hosting about 100 journalists across 56 countries was organised by the British Council and will take place on 15th July at Sky Global headquarters in London, UK.
According to the organizers: “The programme centres around a two-day conference in London. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the programme will not take place in London as planned in 2020.
“Each year, we bring together 100 of the world’s most talented, motivated and passionate student journalists to attend an intensive media training programme. Participants receive exclusive coaching from world-leading editors, broadcasters, writers and reporters and see how publishers around the world are using technology to find stories and bring them to reality,” they further stated.
The conference with English as a working language offers young journalists and young media makers opportunities to develop practical and editorial skills through workshops and interactive sessions with some of the world’s most prolific leaders in the field.
“The aim is to enable young people to develop a wide range of Journalism skills and to establish the UK as a global leader in the nurturing of young journalists and media figures. After the future news worldwide conference 2020, delegates will be part of a year-round global alumni network, helping them engage with one another and continue in professional development.
When speaking with Campus Reporter, Olutaiwo expressed his excitement and view on how the conference will help sharpen his journalistic skills and how he plans to deploy his learning is impacting journalism in Nigeria.
“I thank God for the privilege given to be among those selected. There were over 3000 applicants and 100 plus were selected from 56 countries, so it was only a successful attempt. I applied for the programme in February and I got a notification that I have been selected to be a participant at the 2020 FNW conference.”
“I am so elated to receive the good news, because the programme will help reshape, for better, my knowledge of journalism.”
“Fact-checking is one of the workshops for the conference, with this I believe I will be able to acquire the skills needed to support the movement against the debunking fake news which is fast becoming rampant in Nigeria. I also believe it will increase my capacity adequately to report on different issues that affect the Nigerian society at large,” he concluded.
In a chat with the second delegate, Mr Agbaje Ayomide from the University of Ilorin. He said “I feel very much excited about the FNW conference, which is the most prestigious global event for young journalists from across the world. As a student journo, attending the FNW has always been my dream! From pursuing it since 2018 to getting selected in 2020 out of a competitive pool.”
“I keenly look forward to gaining new media skills and international networks to help me thrive in the contemporary digital journalism sphere. And step up my game on a grand scale to tell impactful stories and contribute to fighting fake news and alternative facts in Nigeria,” he concluded.
Attempts to get through to the third delegate proved abortive as and the time of filing this report.
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