MTU students visit The Guardian, relish news reporting experience
It was a unique and exciting experience for the students of Mountain Top University (MTU), Ogun State, who paid a visit to Rutam House, the corporate headquarters of The Guardian in Lagos, as they got a hands-on view of newspaper production.
The students, who were in company of their teachers, were not only shown around and taught the various stages and processes involved in newspapering, but also got details of what The Guardian and its logo stands for as a brand.
Speaking shortly after the tour and interactive session with The Guardian News Editor, Mr. Marcel Mbamalu, a 400-level student of English Department, Oyeyemi Abigail, said the experience was top notch as she now clearly understands what news gathering and reporting is all about.
“This is my first time of visiting a newspaper outfit and I love the outlook and the entire scenario. The experience is an added knowledge to me, and my interest has been aroused. Now I know the value of news reporting and am curious about it. Henceforth, I will pay sensitive attention to information gathering with attention on comprehensive details in the interest of our country.”
Another 400 level student of Languages, Oluwarinde Olaoluwa, who maintained that excursion of this nature must be compulsory for all students in the news gathering related fields, affirmed that indeed the best way to learn is through experience.
“This has gone beyond my imaginations, it is indeed an eye opener going through different units and processes involved in news gathering and reporting. Now, I know there is more to news printing than we usually imagined. It should be a compulsory view for other students to enable them have a wider scope about newspapering.”
Head of Department, Languages, Prof. Emmanuel Adedun who led the students alongside a lecturer, Dr. Mariam Anana, said the academic visit was a practical component of the students’ course titled, “English language skills for print media writing.”
Anana urged the students to put in practice what Mbamalu taught them, have a positive mindset and embrace the “I can do spirit.”
Mbamalu had earlier encouraged the students to be of highest integrity, saying in the business of packaging information for the public, truth and integrity is key, hence the company’s motto: ‘conscience nurtured by truth.’
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