The Cross River Government has announced plans to launch a Media Literacy Campaign for youths in the state with emphasis on social media management.
The symposium will be organized in collaboration with the Association of Cross River Online Journalists (ACROJ) said the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Barr. (Mrs.) Rosemary Archibong Tuesday in Calabar, the Cross River State capital when she hosted members of the association led by the Chairman, Mr. Hope Obeten.
Mrs. Archibong stated that the symposium is necessary because of the impact of online journalism on our youths who take whatever they see online as truth without recourse to the fact that in as much as there are good news online, there are false ones too.
“Let’s educate the young ones as a larger percentage of your followers are the young minds, we must teach them how to differentiate between genuine and fake news because they are the future, we will have ambassadors that from time to time will go to schools and talk about social media journalism,” She said.
She also commended online media practitioners in the state and posited that, “Online journalism has come to stay, it has come to enhance the practice of journalism given the speed of news reportage, it goes where conventional media can’t.”
However, she called on the online media practitioners to abide by the ethics of journalism as well as shun propaganda.
The Chairman of ACROJ and Publisher of CalabarBlog.Com, Mr. Obeten in his remarks commended Mrs. Archibong for the meeting and the planned symposium. “From our end, we will ensure that Cross River remains the most reported State online in the country,” he noted.
He used the opportunity to invite the Commissioner to a capacity building workshop upcoming in the state for media stakeholders.
Also in attendance at the meeting were members from nineteen online platforms, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Mr. Aye Henshaw Jnr., The Director of Information Mrs. Pauline Eba, The Director of Orientation Mrs. Roseline Irek, The Director Public Relations Mr. Michael Nyajor and the Information Officer, Ministry of Information, Mr. Benedict Okache amongst other Staff of the Ministry.