LAHACA GETS TOGETHER: Lagos Speaker tasks Journalists to embrace unity, guest lecturer advocates change in mindset
Uploaded by Michael George on January 8, 2020
Speaker of Lagos State Assembly, Chief Mudashiru Obasa has called on journalists, especially those covering the Assembly under the umbrella of LAHACA, to be united so that they can achieve much in the New Year.
Chief Obasa gave the advice in a message to the LAHACA New Year Programme held at the conference center of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Ikeja.
Chief Obasa commended journalists covering the State Assembly and said that they would achieve greater higher height if they are United.
He was represented by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Chief Tunde Braimoh.
In remark, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Lagos State Council, Dr. Qazeem Akinreti who described journalism as the best profession in the world reiterated his commitment to improved welfare for journalists through the Media Enhancement Bill.
Earlier in a welcome address, the Chairman of LAHACA, Mr. Akinboye Akintola thanked God for preserving the lives of members of the association to witness the New Year.
Mr. Akintola prayed that this year would be a year of progress and expansion for members and Lagos residents.
Delivering a paper entitled “A Journalist As An Entrepreneur”, Media Career Development Specialist, Mr. Lekan Otunfodunrin challenged journalists to know the business side of their job by developing their capacity.
He said journalists needed to become entrepreneurs because of the state of the industry, the economy and digital disruption.
He said that a journalist could start his own publication or broadcast outfit since they could create content and independent production.
Besides, he said that a journalist could engage in media support services such as providing editorial services, consultancy, public relations and training.
Speaking further, Mr Otunfodunrin urged journalists to identify their talents, passions and develop the skills to becoming an entrepreneur.
He urged journalists to change their mind sets and diversify into non -journalism related businesses.
Also speaking on “Stress Management” a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Juliet Ottoh said that stress was part of life pointing out that most occupation are stressful including getting a new job and marriage and urged journalists to think of how to reduce stress in their everyday activities.
Dr Ottoh identified work overload, time pressure, physical danger and relationship at work as some of the sources of stress.
She said that feelings or emotion, depression, tiredness, anger, frustration, behaviour and reactions to the happenings in the environment leads to stress.
According to her, stress could lead to accidents, mistakes, eating habit, sleeping problems, problematic social behaviour, withdrawal, aggression, compulsive shopping amongst others.