-A JOB BEHIND THE SCENE
I am relegated and neglected, deserted like Pluto and avoided like an Ebola patient ,the few who had the courage to be with me dwell in fear and uncertainty, and sometimes are abused and regarded as jobless people , what am I? I am campus journalism.
Journalism is the work of collecting and writing, news, stories for news papers, magazines, radio or television; hence campus journalism can be seen as the work of collecting and writing news, stories, and articles within a given campus.
Campus journalism has been relegated to the background for several reasons amongst them is the fact that the work requires self sacrifice. Since most campus journalists are not paid, when some talented but less passionate students are confronted by this daunting challenge they seem to back out. Moreover, taking the Petroleum Training Institute, Effurun,Warri, Delta state,Nigeria (PTI) as a case study, when campus journalism is coupled with academic activities it becomes a more challenging task to fulfil, the academic pressures has made many who are gifted writers to cower and back out, vowing never to join any press body, simply because they thought that joining a press body will bring about distraction from their academic pursuit, hence making them not to achieve their academic goals. Students with such mentality might walk the institute without using their talent to touch lives hence missing out on the chance of having their names inscribed in the hearts of the ones whose lives they were supposed to touch.
Nvertheless,there are some hardworking talented journalists who are doing well in their various campuses worldwide, this fact is evident because we see these students write reports on national dailies , such as the campus life section of “The Nations” Newspaper. Our case study PTI is not left in the dark neither have they wallowed in shadows, in fact they are duly represented, even as members of The Actualizers Team (TAT PTI) continue to inform, entertain, and educate within the PTI campus and the World at large.
Nonetheless, these gifted writers always have mountains of challenges to climb, for example reporting News that has to do with cultism may be a daunting task which could make these humble writers to fall back to their shell ,to avoid “had I know”. many campus Journalist have fallen victim to harassment, threats and bullies from some unprincipled individuals who have fallen short of knowledge and thus fail to appreciate the beauty of the work these journalists do.
So what could be done? Who is to blame? Is it that the razor is blunt or that the barber lacks the skill needed for a neat shave? As for me I have considered the nitty-gritty, with my 3-D glasses i analysed the matter in three dimension, and i have come to see that over the years birds has been eating worms, but never has a worm eaten a bird! Do you know why worms failed to effect a change over the years? It’s not that they haven’t thought about it but it is simply because they lack ambition! Likewise, talented students who consign to fate, refusing to use their talent will come and go like worms always eaten by the morning bird, but whoever surmounts those birdlike challenges is worthy of sincere admiration and commendation.
Hence, to make the campus a fertile ground for journalism to thrive, school managements should encourage these student journalists with some incentives such as awards of merits and possibly scholarships. They should also ensure that the offices where these ones work is protected from the attacking eyes and wandering legs of hoodlums who has refused to appreciate their works, this will build in the students the courage needed to bring this relegated job back to play on the main screen, so to speak.