The present state of practice of information dissemination online and the traditional media has earned the concern of a group of media practitioners known as Network for Media Excellence NME.
|Some members of the group|
Made up of seasoned practitioners, the group during its first rendezvous held in Lagos on Thursday 12th July, 2017 described the teeming appreciation of the content of trained and untrained media practitioners who flout all the necessary procedures to churning out information to the public as alarming.
With the aim of promoting professionalism in the media, the discussants agreed that there was a need for urgent intervention to forestall what could become a breakdown of the fourth estate of the realm.
|Tokunbo Modupe, Mayor Akinpelu and Dr. Hamilton|
The group’s statement confirmed that members discussed various issues in the media, particularly professionalism and the current spate of poor journalism ethics, especially on new media platforms.
Discussants included the convener, Femi Akintunde-Johnson, anchor of FAJ-Alive on Lagos Television; Dr. Kunle Hamilton, President, ShaddaiVille Ministries; Tokunbo Modupe, CEO, TPT International; Actor/Producer Patrick Doyle; Akin Adeoya, Publisher, M2 & CEO, Marketing Mix; and Mayor Akinpelu, Publisher, Global Excellence Online.
|Funsho Arogundade, Akin Adeoya|
Others included Gboyega Okegbenro, CEO of Peachtree Comm. & Sportsmark International; Lanre Arogundade, Director, International Press Centre; Azuh Arinze, Publisher, Yes! International magazine; Mike Effiong, Editor, Ovation International magazine; foremost Scriptwriter Joe Dudun; Yemi Akinbode, MD, Transnegotiation Inc; Tosin Ajirire, Group Entertainment Editor, The Sun; Nseobong Okon-Ekong, Deputy Editor, ThisDay; Etop Ukutt (ThisDay), Kingsley Momoh (CEO, Guguru FM), Folarin Ademosu, Editor, Newsbreak.ng; and Funso Arogundade (PM Express).
The NME said it would promote best media practices across traditional and social media platforms through open and covert engagements, advocacy and training where possible.
|Convener, Femi Akintunde Johnson, Mike Effiong and Azuh Arinze|
Two members of the network were feted during the event. They are Tokunbo Modupe for receiving the “PR Practitioner of the Decade” award recently, and Lanre Arogundade whose birthday coincided with the rendezvous.