A former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba, has said that journalism is on the brink of extinction due to the advent of the new media.
Osoba, who is also a veteran journalist and former Managing Director of Daily Times said this on Saturday in Lagos at the 1st Quarterly National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
The programme, themed “Journalists As Agents of Change’’ was held at the Combo Hall, Lagos Television, Agindingbi, Ikeja.
Osoba said that journalism as a profession needed to be redirected and refocused to meet the modern day’s demands including the internet.
“I want to touch the area that is most important to us as journalists. We are on the brink of extinction and the media is on its way out.
“The advent of this age of internet, the electronics and the print media must devise a way out. On YouTube now, I can watch everything with the aid of internet, everything I need.
“For most of us in the profession, we must check the actions of quacks and everybody claiming to be journalist; they are not members of Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ).
“NUJ as a body needs to see that they are in charge otherwise internet would be turned by some people to avenues of blackmail which are perpetrated by non-professionals,’’ he said.
Osoba urged NUJ to be more proactive in dealing with quacks in journalism, adding that there was a new order in journalism now with the advent of internet.
“We should not allow this profession to be corrupted by few individuals who have turned to tools in the hands of some people for their own interest.
“Journalists must aspire to balance their stories by getting the other side of their stories and not engaging in what I refer to as “Escaping Journalism’’.