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7 mobile tools every journalist will find helpful

English is one of the most complex languages in existence today and it is the language of communication and journalism. With approximately 372 million speakers in 106 countries, it’s also one of the most widely spoken languages. As a journalist, whether English is your first, second, third or fourth language, there are always ways to improve your English and communicate more effectively. Here’s a look at ju ...

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How To Write Content And Get Paid In Naira, Dollars And Other Benefits (2)

After writing the first piece on this topic, I recalled buying a book titled Online Market for Writers: How to make money by selling your writing on the Internet by Anthony Tedesco and Paul Tedesco while returning from a trip abroad. The book first published in 2000 before social media became the in thing, contained tips on writing for online markets and how many writers got their first paying online market ...

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How to write content and get paid in Naira and Dollars  (1)

In my free booklet, NewAge Journalism: Conversation with my daughter (Available in print and soft copy if you contact me by email: lekanagency@yahoo.com) the point was made about how journalists must explore earning payment from writing content for various platforms. I often get asked if I have a list of local and international platforms who will pay for content. I wish I have such a list . To find opportun ...

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Media Downsizing: 145 down, many more to go

The restructuring at the Continental Broadcasting Services Limited, owners of Television Continental ( TVC) and Radio Continental that led to the sacking of 145 staff should not have come as a surprise to workers of the company and anyone conversant with the state of the media, locally and globally. With the alarming dwindling income from advertising and sales, mass sack in media organisations, like any oth ...

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Go beyond news reporting, write books: journalist tells colleagues

A journalist and poet, Mr Akeem Lasisi, has called on journalists to write books to enable a large number of people to benefit from their knowledge. “It shouldn’t be about covering events. The news reporting that we do everyday largely flows with the wind. “Where were the stories you and I wrote five years ago or six years ago. “You can only find them in one archive or library somewhere people don’t get to ...

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Career lessons from Raypower MD’s profile

In a review of the curriculum vitae of the new Managing Director of Raypower FM/ Radio Services, Lekan Otufodunrin highlights the major lessons from his career journey What you become is not necessarily based on what you studied Although a graduate of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Ife now Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) and a former Survey Assistant-in-Training at the Ogun State Proper ...

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3 highly recommended impactful investigative stories

Lekan Otufodunrin, journalist and media career development specialist highlights three investigative reports that resulted in action being taken by the authorities concerned. On December 1, 2016, the National Board for Technical Education ( NBTE) announced the indictment and sacking of 12 lecturers of the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi for sex- for- marks and other related offences. Sixteen other lecturers were ...

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Eleven reasons why journalists should not be poor

* A 2014 graduate of Mass Communication wins ÂŁ1000 prize in a journalism award in 2016 and you tell me there is no money in journalism, give me a break. * Many journalists are not poor because they are not well paid, many are simply blind to ethical opportunities to make money in the profession. * Why should some journalists complain of being poor when they are too lazy to participate in awards and competit ...

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What makes an award-winning report

Seun Akioye, Assistant Editor, The Nation newspapers during the December 2016 Media Career Q&A shares his view on what makes an award-winning story. I am much flattered. I cannot claim to be an expert at this but I will offer what I have noticed. The first thing I always say is to always put all you have into a story. Do you have a passion for that particular report or do you see it as another unwarrant ...

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What are the benefits of media awards for journalists?

Femi Babatunde, Communication specialist explains the benefits of media awards for journalists I must say that media awards surely play important roles in advancing the careers of journalists. Interestingly, only recently, a study was conducted in preparation for the Dimond Awards for Media Excellence, DAME’s,  Silver Jubilee. The thrust of the study bothered on knowing how past winners of DAME have fared p ...

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