It was a great and eventful day for the students and management of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), Ogba-Lagos, as they welcomed the Chief of Public Affairs Unit, United States Consular General, Russel Brooks to Nigeria.
Russel Brooks along with his team were at the institution for an official presentation of Sound Equipment’s and Books to aid qualitative education and practice of journalism in the school.
While delivering a lecture at the school on the topic, ‘Journalists Responsibility in The Era of Fake News,’ Brooks stated that journalists have every right to vet a story before publication due to the training they have acquired.
He stressed that no matter what, the ethics of the profession needs to be upheld, as having the right training goes a long way in saving the country from fake news.
Brooks noted that technology has helped in shaping the way reporters now disseminate information to the public and this has made it difficult to identify fake news.
According to Brooks, he said, “Technology has helped shape the way reporters disseminate information to the public. With technology, there is difficulty in identifying fake news but as a trained journalist you should be able to use your instinct to spot an objective story before it is being reported.”
The event saw the Deputy Provost of the institution, Jide Johnson, in attendance along with the Student Affairs Officer, Patricia Kalesanwo, with some staff who thanked the US Embassy for the gesture with the promise of producing great journalists who will make a difference in the industry.