I’m glad I can communicate with you on this platform. You are doing a great job and you’re an inspiration to upcoming Communicators like me.
I study Mass Communication at the University of Lagos, and since the strike began, I’ve been searching for avenues to get practical journalistic knowledge and training.
Truth is, due to the archaic educational system being operated in our tertiary institutions, students are taught theoretically and left to learn practical aspects of their studies on their own.
For instance, as a mass communication student who has undergone courses in radio programmes writing and production, I’ve never used a studio for production before. yet, we have world class radio, television and print studios complete with equipments in my department. Students are not allowed to go near them, and even the lecturers do not know how to operate these equipments.
Our campus radio station, which is supposed to be one of our labs is also exclusive.The little practical knowledge I have about production and computer production programmes was gained through observation and practice with some senior colleagues.
I don’t want to spend four years in school (coupled with ASUU’s incessant strikes), and still not have practical knowledge of how journalism is being done in the industry. I want to attend the FRCN training school for a course in media production, but due to financial contstraints I’ve not been able to.