…As Frank Mbah says: ‘tinker your life styles to suit your jobs!’***
Public Relations Guru and Controller, Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Wale Adeniyi on Monday advised media practitioners to always focus on patriotic restraints and national interest in their mandate, so as to ensure balanced reportage.
Comptroller Adeniyi gave the advice in Lagos, at a Customs organized seminar, with the theme: Enhancing National Economy and Security through Responsible Reportage. The MMIA Boss made his remark, just as Nigeria Police National image maker, DC Frank Mbah counseled on the need to avoid bylines, or affixing writers’ names to high risk or danger engendering stories.
Speaking on the nation’s need for investigative journalism, and originality of sound follow-up, Adeniyi highlighted that most stories were never a one-time subject, hence the continuing relevance of doing follow-up stories, by building on strong links and threads, so as to eliminate developmental gaps and public confusion or anxiety.
Drawing home his view with vivid case studies, Comptroller Adeniyi cautioned against deliberate slanting of news to mislead or misinform the reading public; stressing that journalists must account for and discharge their mandate based on patriotic vision and commitment.
In his own contribution, the Nigeria Police National Spokesman, Frank Mbah strongly tasked journalists to always tinker their life styles to be in tandem with the risky nature of their job.
“Tinker your life styles to suit the job you do”, Mbah counseled media practitioners, noting that journalists have the peculiar mandate of having to, like security enforcers, run to places of occurring dangers, where others were fleeing from.
He also stressed the need to respect and empathise with suspects being paraded, not only because they were yet to be convicted and presumably innocent, but also because they could still jump bail and come face to face, with the journalist.
Reiterating the risky nature of the journalist’s job, Mbah stressed the importance of publishing some stories without the writers’ names, noting that a lot of dangers could be avoided if writers names are omitted and the actual identity, thus veiled.