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Being a print journalist has been most interesting – Gbemiga Ogunleye

Being a print journalist has been most interesting – Gbemiga Ogunleye

Provost of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), Mr Gbemiga Ogunleye has said his experience as a print journalist during his close to 30 years media career was the most interesting of all.

He stated this in an interview with The Punch Newspaper during which he spoke  on the state of the Nigerian media, his experience as a print journalist and the future of traditional media in view of the threat of the online media.

Ogunleye, who is also a lawyer and media scholar said ” undoubtedly, I enjoyed the print most because it is not that restrictive.”

“You have the latitude to be creative. Beyond that, I enjoyed the thrill of travelling round the country as a reporter. If I was not a journalist, I probably may not know more than two or three states in this country, but being a journalist, I had the privilege of travelling round the country.

“I remember that in 1992, at The Guardian, I covered the presidential candidates, which meant I had to travel to almost all the states of this country. You can imagine that kind of experience and education.

“I would say it has been enriching, very interesting, very challenging and I would say I have earned the Lord’s favour, because not many of us have had that kind of experience that you described; going through print, broadcast, public relations and now training younger ones to become journalists. So, I would say I have been a lucky person,” Ogunleye said.

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