Mass Communication graduate students at Rivers State University, Port Harcourt have learned that diligence, proactivity and a willingness to seek out information are the foundation of a successful career in journalism professional.
National Network Newspaper’s Managing Director, Mr. Chris Konkwo gave this indication when he received in audience graduate students from Rivers State University who visited the newspaper as part of their research and study, over the weekend in Port-Harcourt.
“You have to have news determinants or valuable news items to be able to have a sense of news.”
He stressed the need for journalists to have a flair for news in any event, pointing out that the flair for news depends on the elements/determinants of news, stating that every news is information, but that all information are not news and that journalists are expected to differentiate between news and information while fulfilling their primary responsibility.
The chief executive, who said news houses have their internal styles, explained that National Network Newspaper’s internal style starts by affecting reporters at different paces, adding that when planning each page runs six columns of information delimited by column rules which make it possible not to confuse the news.
He further explained that people would like to read your news if it possesses a good number of topical components such as unusual, impact, prominence, proximity, topicality.
He recounted that the process of producing a newspaper begins with news gathering, also known as the gathering of raw materials by journalists, after which these articles are submitted to the group editor in the newsroom. , then sent to the computer unit to be typed and planned, noting that after proofreading, and corrections made, these pages are sent on films, and subsequently the lithographers take over from there and finally deliver these pages to the Production Unit, which in turn will make the final edition of the newspaper.
Konkwo pointed out that once raw materials have been typed, either by reporters or IT operators, they are then sent to proofreaders and returned to the IT unit for final filing of corrections.
Konkwo noted that the concept of access control starts with journalists, who go there to get the news, saying that the act by which a journalist is able to make his selection, his rejection, his acceptance, while collecting the information is known as access control, adding that the editor and reporters are gatekeepers.
By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana