Media Career Services (MCS), is a media training, research and consultancy organization devoted to promoting excellence in media practice in Nigeria. The organization is concerned with providing resources to meet the challenges of media career through regular training for all categories of journalists and other media professionals.
We provide a wide range of local and international resources on best media practices for journalists.
Our team lead by the founder, Lekan Otufodunrin, a media career specialist and journalistÂ is made up of experienced journalists with local and international network to meet the career development needs of journalists. We organize lectures, short training programs, seminars, conferences and awards.Â We identify and help facilitate Fellowship opportunities for interested journalists in diverse field of journalism practice.
OUR SCORE CARD: Established in 2003 and registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), the organization has over the years organized several training for the development of journalists. In addition to the regular training sessions, MCS holds an annual Young Journalists conference, a two-day event aimed at improving the quality of journalism practice amongst young journalists in the country.
In 2005, Media Career Services initiated â€śYoung Journalist Awardsâ€ť, an annual award to encourage excellent performances of young journalists in Nigeria.Â The winner of the 2005 edition, Adesina Oyetayo later became a runner up in a category of the year 2006 edition of CNN/MULTI CHOICE African Journalist Awards in Mozambique.
Since the first Young Journalist Award, Segun Adeoye and Ademilola Bilewomo both from Tell Magazine have won the 2007 and 2008 editions of the Nigerian Young Journalists Award taking home a laptop computer each. Interestingly, Segun Adeoye and first runner up of 2007 edition, Toyosi Ogunseye of The Punch Newspaper and winner of 2008 edition, Ademilola Bilemowo recently returned from a media training in Germany while one of the entrants of 2008 edition, Ayodeji Adeyemi of Tell Magazine also won a category of the CNN/MULTICHOICE African Journalist of the year in 2009.
Apart from its other activities, MCS also helps organizations to access the media through media coverage by its links in the Nigerian media.Â This has helped several organizations to have published pages in the print media.
In its bid to enhance its activities, Media Career Services in 2008 entered into collaborative effort with allied organizations to meet the increasing career demands of journalists. Some of its partners in this effort included Lagos Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), International Press Centre, Journalists Against AIDS (JAAIDS), Nigeria, Posterity Media, The Omololu Falobi Foundation, Media Concern for Women and Children (MEDIACON), Writers Training Institute and the Development Alliance, amongst others.
OUR GOAL: With a team of experienced journalists from local and international network, the organization has a goal to help make journalism a rewarding career.Â In addition, the organization also has a passion for training and mentoring young journalists who are the future of the profession.
Media Career Services has worked in various areas of interventions that have contributed to growing the skills of Nigerian journalists. These include:
- Media /Writing Skills Development workshops: These workshops address writing deficiencies in young and up coming journalists, empowering them to compete favourably with their peers any where in the world. Participation has always been at highly subsidized rates.
- A pioneering Young Journalists Awards: This annual award instituted since 2005, is designed to promote excellent journalism practice among young and up coming journalists. It is a morale booster and promotes a keen desire among young journalists to perform creditably within the confines of good professional ethics.
Past winners of the Young Journalist Awards
Adesina OyetayoÂ (Tell Magazine)
Segun Adeoye Â Â Â Â Â (Tell Magazine)
Toyosi OgunseyeÂ Â (News Star Newspaper)
Rafiu Ajakaiye Â Â Â Â Â Â Â (Daily Independent)
Ademilola Bilewomo (Tell Magazine)
Emeka Umejei (Daily Independent)
Abiola Odutola (Broad Street Journal)
- Mentoring programme: Since inception, the founderÂ of Media Career Services, Mr. Lekan Otufodunrin,Â a Thomson FoundationÂ Fellow, Cardiff U.K., media trainer, former Political Group news editor of Punch Newspaper,Â Sunday Editor of The Nation newspaper and presently Editor, Online and Special Publications of The Nation, has provided conscious mentoring services to serving journalists. Helping to guide and shape the professional careers of these journalists. Many journalists under his mentorship have achieved both local and international accomplishments.
- Career Service Bulletin: This monthly bulletin provides up to date media career development information for journalists.
- Publications: Media Career Services Network has published numerous books and reading materials that aim to inspire and motivate journalists to excellent professional performance, some of which are Purpose Driven Journalism, Reporter Extraordinary, Excelling in Journalism, etc.