Journalists admonished to use Cybernetics, Robotics for news gathering

Journalists have been admonished to inculcate the use of cybernetics, artificial intelligence, and robotics in journalism practice. The admonition was given in a one-day seminar organized by the Department of Mass Communication, Bingham University, Karu, Nasarrawa State.

The seminar brought together experts in cybersecurity, media practice and academia, who deliberated on the need to leverage on technology in the effective practice of journalism in Nigeria.

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Mr Azubike Ishiekwene of the Leadership Newspapers reiterated the urgent need for media practitioners to leverage cybernetics and robotics in journalistic practice. He said connecting the dots has become imperative given artificial intelligence and robots are set to take over human jobs.

He tasked media practitioners to brace up to the challenge and play active roles in this era and connect the twos in the service and craft of journalism.

 A keynote address given by The NUJ Chairman, Mr Chris Isiguzo, on the role of the Media in deepening democracy described the media as the oxygen of democracy; since it helps shape the mindset, perception, and opinion of the people.

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In addition to monitoring governance and holding governments accountable, the media avails the masses of the information required to make appropriate and meaningful choices. He decried the absence of regulations for the provision of a conducive environment and lack of protection for journalists.

A cybersecurity expert, Mr Aviele Timothy described journalism as both an art and science and admonished all to innovate.

He said “Given the forthcoming 2023 elections, a clarion call has been made to all stakeholders in the Nigerian project to connect the dots of cybernetics, robotics, and journalism in ensuring a hitch-free and credible election in Nigeria. More still is the urgent need for improved security and economic recovery for the Nigerian nation”

Dr Desmond Okocha, Head of department, Mass communication of Bingham University reiterated the need for the Nigerian state to fine-tune who a journalist should be.

Goodwill messages and felicitations were sent to the mass communication department for taking the lead in organizing departmental lecture series and seminars where national and international scholars and media gurus bare their minds on the ever-dynamic trends and innovations in the media and communication world.

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