Arbico Parrot seeks growth of campus journalism
An online campus newspaper, Arbico Parrot of Adeyemi College of Education, is determined to change the face of online campus journalism through up-to-date and sizzling stories. In an exclusive chat with The Guardian, the publisher, Daraloye Emmanuel, stated, “The creation of the online newspaper is a way of showcasing our talent to the world and contributing our quota to the development of the college.”
According to him, the mission is to publicise what happens in the college to the students and the outside world, adding, “In a nutshell, we intend telling the news, both the good and the bad and saying it as it is. We don’t post anything outside the college. We also write articles, interview celebrities on campus, make birthday ‘shout-outs’ among others.”
Emmanuel spoke about his writing background, saying, “I have been writing since I was in secondary school. I took it more seriously in 2010 with a series of interviews and write-ups until I got to the college in 2013. In the course of the admission processes and seven months COEASU industrial action, I was already giving the students information. I discovered a lot of people always have information at their disposal but they always fail to make it public probably due to backlashes and the likes but I was never bothered.
“I was giving them information even though there were minor threats and bully until I resumed as a student of the college in October 2014. Then I was using my personal account to pass information to them because I had a lot of students on my list. One of them urged me to create a page so as to make it more official. When I resumed as a student, I discovered there was no means of getting timely and reliable information within the college but other institutions had. I then asked myself: why can’t we have our own and showcase the college to the outside world and let them know what’s happening? Along the line, I met one of my friends, Oguntimehin Ayomide, who brought the idea of starting a newspaper, which would be basically about the college. We felt we should make it an online newspaper instead of the hard copy type, which led to the birth of Arbico Parrot.He spoke on challenges he faces, saying, “We also plan to do a magazine or a newspaper before we leave the college but money has been hindering us. Support is not forthcoming.”
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