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Ramaphosa Delays Speech To Honour Veteran Journalist

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday night delayed his speech to allow people to watch the final bulletin of a veteran journalist.Xhosa newsreader Noxolo Grootboom had been working for the South African Broadcasting Corporation for 37 years. President Ramaphosa described her as an “outstanding journalist”. The president delayed his speech for 30 minutes, the same amount of time Ms Grootboom’s last bulletin took. Ordinarily, the president’s speech gets priority over the rest of the television programming and is aired live. Ms Grootboom was reported to have cried when she…

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NUJ Tasks Govt, Security Agencies To Safeguard Lives And Property

…..In Plateau State The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ),Plateau Council, has urged the government and security agencies to safeguard lives and property in the state. The council made the call in a Communique issued at the end of its Congress meeting by its Secretary, Mr Peter Amine. It also  called on the State Government to ensure that all boarding schools in the state were fenced. It said the call was essential in view of the rising cases of petty crimes in some areas in the state, especially Kabong, Rukuba road, Tudun Wada, Angwan…

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Prof Harps On Capacity Building For Journalists

Prof. Sylvester Monye, Founder, Institute For Public Policy Academy, Onicha Ugbo, in Delta, has reiterated the need for continuous training of journalists, to enhance their reportage. Monye spoke at the opening of a three-day workshop with the theme ”Convergence Journalism” for journalists in the South-South and South-East geopolitical zones of Nigeria, at Onicha-Ugbo. He said the as watchdogs of the society, capacity building programmes for journalists was necessary to enable them to properly assess performance of those involved in governance. Monye noted that it was only those that had the requisite knowledge of…

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Journalists Iyanda, Kokutse Share COVID-19 Vaccination Experience

Two senior African journalists Olumide Iyanda from Nigeria and Francis Kokutse from Ghana have shared their experience of getting the COVID-19 vaccine in their respective countries. They both spoke on Saturday on Platforms Africa e-Discourse, an e-community of intellectuals, opinion leaders and policy moulders across the African continent. Ghana and Nigeria are administering the  AstraZeneca vaccine supplied by COVAX, a global initiative aimed at equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines led by UNICEF, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the World Health Organization, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and others. Mr Iyanda…

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Minister Directs APCON, NBC To Ensure Flow Of Ad Revenues For Media Houses

..At Digital Switch Over The Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) has been directed by the Federal Government to implement key policies to guarantee income for media houses through advertisements by creating a healthy environment for the operators. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this while unveiling the Digital Switch Over (DSO)/Analogue Switch Off timetable in Abuja. The Minister said the government will also support channel owners and content providers through the implementation of the audience measurement system to guarantee a sustained stream of revenue from…

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Facebook Asks Court To Dismiss US Govt, States Antitrust Cases

Facebook asked a federal court on Wednesday to dismiss major antitrust cases filed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and nearly every U.S. state, saying they failed to show the company had a monopoly or harmed consumers. “By a one-vote margin, in the fraught environment of relentless criticism of Facebook for matters entirely unrelated to antitrust concerns, the agency decided to bring a case against Facebook,” Facebook said in its response to the FTC complaint. “None of the harms typically alleged in antitrust actions is alleged here,” it said. In…

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NAN MD Tasks Online Publishers On Professionalism

The Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, Buki Ponle, has urged the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers to ensure professionalism while discharging its duties in the society. Ponle made the call on Thursday in Abuja when a delegation from the Guild, led by its President, Dotun Oladipo, paid him a courtesy visit seeking for assistance to enrich their news content. He urged the association to continue its crusade and social responsibility in ensuring that journalism is practiced rightly for development. The Managing Director also urged the Guild to…

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Ex-Jonathan’s Media Aide, Jackson Ude, Awards N8m Scholarship To Abia Students

A former Director of Communications under President Goodluck Jonathan, Chief Jackson Ude has granted scholarship worth N8million to eight undergraduate beneficiaries in Nkporo, Ohafia Local Government of Abia State. The widely-travelled Journalist has also promised to grant another N8million scholarship at the end of the year 2021. He said the eight students were selected based on academic excellence and hardship. Speaking to newsmen recently, Ude, a U.S-based Nigerian-American said next batch of the scholarship would come under Mary and Ude-Jack Foundation, a foundation he is setting up in remembrance of…

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WhatsApp To Switch Off Messages For All Who Reject New Terms

WhatsApp users who do not accept its updated terms and conditions by the 15 May deadline will be unable to receive or send messages until they do so. Their account will be listed as “inactive”. And inactive accounts can be deleted after 120 days. Calls and notifications will still function for “a short while” but, TechCrunch reported. WhatsApp announced the update in January. There was a backlash among many users who thought it meant the company was planning to change the amount of data it shared with its parent company,…

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Guild Of Editors Blasts Sheikh Gumi For Calling Journalists Criminals

……..Condemns Incessant Abduction Of Students By Bandits In Parts Of The Country The Guild is worried that, the spate of abductions, if not checked, could discourage parents from sending their children to school and thereby lead to a further increase in the number of out-of-school children in Nigeria. We strongly believe that children have the right to education and schools should be made safe for them to learn therefore, a comprehensive security plan should be put in place by all levels of government to prevent further abductions of students. Going…

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