From Social Media to Newsroom: A Guide to Becoming a Journalist in Nigeria
By Ahmed Abdulƙadir Funtua
For young Nigerians glued to their smartphones, Ahmed Abdulƙadir Funtua has a message: your passion for social media can be the stepping stone to a rewarding career in journalism. In his insightful article, Funtua, a veteran journalist and former Director at the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), dispels the myth that formal education is the only path to journalism.
His own journey is a testament to that. From English teacher to General Manager of Katsina State Television and ultimately Director at the NBC, Funtua emphasizes the power of storytelling and its ability to shape public discourse. He encourages aspiring journalists to embrace this power, using it to inform, educate, and inspire.
But navigating the ever-evolving media landscape requires more than just passion. Funtua stresses the importance of staying up-to-date with new technologies, platforms, and social media trends. He urges young journalists to see these as tools to enhance their skills and reach wider audiences.
Practical experience is also key. Funtua recommends internships, volunteer work, and workshops as invaluable opportunities to gain hands-on experience and learn from seasoned professionals. Building a strong network within the journalism community, he adds, can open doors to new opportunities and offer crucial guidance.
However, the journalist’s responsibility extends beyond technical skills. Funtua emphasizes the ethical considerations and the importance of upholding high standards of objectivity, accuracy, and balance, especially in a diverse and complex country like Nigeria. He reminds aspiring journalists that their work has the power to influence public opinion and spark important conversations, and they must wield this power with responsibility and integrity.
Funtua acknowledges the challenges, urging future journalists to embrace them as opportunities for growth and learning. He reminds them that resilience, determination, and the ability to work under pressure are essential qualities in this demanding and sometimes unpredictable career.
But amidst the challenges, Funtua paints a picture of immense potential. He reminds his readers of the incredible impact they can have as journalists in Nigeria, holding power accountable, bringing positive change to communities, and shaping narratives that matter.
Funtua’s message is a powerful call to action for young Nigerians. He invites them to embrace their passion for storytelling, equip themselves with the necessary skills, navigate the changing media landscape, and above all, never lose sight of the tremendous impact they can have as journalists in Nigeria. His article is a valuable guide for anyone who dreams of a career in journalism, reminding them that the path to success starts with passion, dedication, and a commitment to using their voice for good.