Biblical Journalism: Seven Things The Lord Hates

Lekan Otufodunrin In 1998, while I was Group News Editor of The Punch Newspaper, I established a faith based media group, Journalists for Christ. Among other goals, the organisation was to encourage Christian journalists to live up to the tenets of their faith in the discharge of their duties. We were interested in promoting a biblical basis for the practice of journalism in addition to the code of ethics of the profession which journalists are required to abide with. Every third Saturday of the month, we hold a fellowship at…

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‘Thank God for successful four decades career’

Ngwuoke C. Ngwuoke How time flies! It seems just like yesterday. I remember vividly many years ago, the day I walked into the then Imo Broadcasting Service to start a career in journalism, a profession I knew absolutely nothing about. I remember going out to cover what they called assignments ( a word I thought only referred to home works given by the teacher) and returning to scribble what I saw or heard people say. It seems just like yesterday. I remember the day and circumstances that led to my…

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Mainstreaming gender in media reporting

MAINSTREAMING GENDER IN MEDIA REPORTING BY BETTY ABAH Presentation at JFC’s workshop) Definition: Gender mainstreaming is the public policy concept of assessing the different implications for women and men of any planned policy action, including legislation and programmes, in all areas and levels. Gender Mainstreaming is about equality, equity, it is about justice, it is about balance. Why Gender Mainstreaming in the media? Because in Africa, most times, editors, reporters and even the reading public are victims of the socialization of patriarchy and tend to see things, almost always from…

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The case for female journalists

Welcome address by President, Journalists for Christ International Outreach, Lekan Otufodunrin at the launch if the report on Mainstreaming Gender Reporting on Affirmative Action of Women and Girls Rights Issues. On behalf of members of Journalists for Christ, I want to welcome you all to today’s programme which is the launch of a report of a one- month media monitoring report on the portrayal and reportage of women and girls rights issues in six national newspapers in Nigeria. There have always been claims and counter claims about how well the…

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The gift of life

Lekan Otufodunrin testifies to God’s divine healing power. November 2, 2015, I was preparing to go home from the office at about 7.30pm when I started feeling feverish. Within minutes I was shaking due to cold and only managed to drive home. Though I didn’t use any drug overnight, I felt a bit better in the morning but stayed back home to get some treatment. It was not until Wednesday morning that I went to the hospital. I was diagnosed of fever and wad given drugs to use. By the…

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5 Prayers for Journalists

Journalism is unarguably one of the most demanding professions. Beyond professional skills, journalists need prayers to succeed in their calling. Below are five prayers for journalists which formed the basis for discussion at the September, 2016 fellowship of Journalists for Christ held in Lagos. 1. BLESS THE WORK OF THEIR HANDS Lekan Otufodunrin Father God, we commit journalists worldwide into your hands. We pray that you will grant them grace to fulfill your purpose for them in the profession. We pray for wisdom and protection as they go about their…

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