Why students need digital media skills

Veterans and young media professionals, last Thursday, converged on the University of Lagos (UNILAG) for this year’s edition of Communicators for Christ Fellowship (CFC) academic summit. The event, which was held in the main auditorium, had the theme: The digital age media: A marriage of skills opportunities and technology.
It featured panel of discussion on pressing media issues, drama, award presentation and exhibition.
CFC President, Ayomide Ekerin, said the event was aimed at keeping students abreast of development in the media. He said the summit would enable participants to learn the workings of the digital media.
The keynote speaker, Mr Kola Oyeyemi, who spoke on the theme, said there had been gradual shift from traditional media to digital media, saying media convergence was growing with the development of social media.
He said: “Eighty-five per cent of communication done globally is done via mobile phones. By 2020, the major means of communication will be mobile devices. The platforms are changing every day. Students must begin to think out of the box and break new grounds. You must possess the requisite skills to tap into the available opportunities in the digital media age.”
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Rahmon Bello, represented by the Dean, Students’ Affairs, Prof Tunde Babawale, commended the students for organising the summit, noting that it would help students to acquire modern skills of communication.
The Head of Mass Communication Department, Dr Abigail Ogwezzy-Ndisika, said the department understood the dynamism of the media world, which was why it initiated programmes to help students acquire skills they would not learn in classroom.
The panel of discussion, which was moderated by Fola Afolayan of 99.3 Nigeria Info, had Mrs Olabisi Deji-Folutile, Saturday Punch Editor, Chude Jideonwo, Chief Executive Officer of Red Media Africa and Mr Yomi Badejo of CMC Connect.
Others are Managing Director of Noah’s Ark Communications, Lanre Adisa and Deputy Director Programmes at Television Continental, Mrs. Morayo Afolabi-Brown.
The fellowship presented distinguished personality award to some of the facilitators. Participants were also presented certificates of attendance.
A participant, Kafilah Jimoh, 100-Level Mass Communication, said she the summit afforded her to learn new techniques in digital photography session.

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