The Union of Campus Journalists, University of Ilorin has inaugurated a new set of executives in an event held on Saturday, 12th of June, 2021, at the NUJ Hall, Ilorin, Kwara State.
The event, which marked the UCJ UNILORIN Magazine Launch and Press Dinner, witnessed the deliverance of administrative powers to the executives (called the Press Council) who will be saddled with the responsibility of directing the affairs of the organisation and maintaining journalistic activities on campus.
The inauguration ushered in Adedimeji Quayyim Abdul-Hafeez as the 25th President of the organisation, while Christiana Peters, Halimah Adisa, Lawal Victor Damilola and Ibrahim Nafisah Gbemisola emerged as the Vice President (Administration), Vice President (Editorial)/Editor-in-Chief, Director-General and Assistant Director-General, respectively.
Also at the event was the unveiling of the organisation’s magazine, titled “The Optic”, which featured the Premium Times Publisher, Sir Dapo Olorunyomi; Sub-Editor at HumAngle, Mr Muhammed Akinyemi, front line health workers and other versed professionals in journalism, relating their experiences and insights on thematic issues and discourses. The magazine explored perspectives on the practice of journalism during the COVID-19 period, and other issues relating to journalism and creativity.
At the event were dignitaries from different departments on campus including Professor L. A. Azeez of the Mass Communication Department, Dr Fahm of the Islamic Studies Department (Representing Prof. Adeoye, Dean, Faculty of Arts), Dr K. K. Kadiri of the Mass Communications Department and Barrister Osuji Chima Francis (Legal Adviser, UCJ Unilorin and Edu Trust Foundation). They all commended the work of campus journalists in promoting the tenets of journalism and the quality of the magazine produced by the editorial team of the organisation.
The Union of Campus Journalists, University of Ilorin is an organisation of campus journalists, practising journalism and building collaborations with media houses across Nigeria. The body reputes itself to be the oldest and the most prestigious student bar in Nigeria, with a reputation for building many journalists now working with top-tier journalism outlets in Nigeria. It states that it is “committed to uplifting the bars of journalism and be a veritable platform for nurturing budding journalists into professional and contemporary mainstream journalism.”
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