Seek knowledge, Seminitari urges Journalists

By Dayo Emmanuel Former River State Commissioner for Information and the immediate past Acting Director General of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Mrs. Ibim Seminitari has urged journalists to take mentoring opportunities seriously. She made the plea at the March fellowship of Journalists For Christ (JFC) in Lagos last weekend while delivering a talk on the theme, “Be bold for change,” designed to mark the global day for women. Seminitari, a pioneer member of JFC commended leadership of the 19-year-old organisation for holding the forte. She said, “One of…

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The Need for Christian Journalists in Africa

Paper presented on behalf of Director of World Journalism Institute, New York , Robert Case II at the Journalists for Christ, Nigeria reception for Belz International Media fellows in Lagos on August 21, 2010 While there has always been the cosmic struggle between truth and falsehood, between good and evil, between the best laid plans of man (e.g., tower of Babel) and the plans of God). this conflict has been intensified into an outright cultural war in our post-modern, post Christian age by the mass or mainstream media in the…

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Holding fast to the profession of faith

Report by DAYO EMMANUEL “Often times we seek God’s blessings without seeking to do His will. We look for addition without first seeking the kingdom”. These were the words of Lekan Otufodunrin, President of Journalists For Christ (JFC) at the August fellowship of the group in Lagos. Otufodunrin, a media trainer and On-line Editor of The Nation Newspapers added that “it is possible to have the desired breakthroughs but those things are not enough to take us to heaven”. He urged Christian journalists to identify with their faith even in…

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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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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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