Opinion Journal: MHNG Opinion Picks of the Week

It is my privilege and honour to give the give the keynote speech at the maiden edition of CKN News Annual Lecture which thematic focus requires us to reflect on the role of the social media in the social, economic and political development of Nigeria. As a global phenomenon and platform for knowledge, information and person to group communications, the social media has come to shape our lives in very fascinating and remarkable ways. Scholars…

EDITORIAL OF THE WEEK

Kidnapping for ransom is becoming something of a career for many bandits in our country today. But the most dangerous dimension to the crime is that it is impacting negatively on the education of our children as the nation’s primary and secondary schools are increasingly under siege. In Lagos State particularly, these criminal gangs now find it very easy to carry away innocent students after which they demand outrageous amounts of money before releasing them…

How an algorithm can decide what news you read online

The Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet developed an algorithm guided partially by editors and partially by reader preferences that delivers a personalized home page for each website visitor. Editor-in-chief Fredric Karén credits the technology with a significant boost in online traffic and digital subscriptions Source: ijnet. RJI Futures Lab update #195: A homepage designed by algorithm

Opinion Journal: MHNG Opinion Picks of the Week

“How was your May 29?”   “There was no celebration. We just siddon dey look.” “But the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo addressed the nation.” “I know. I know. But there was no programme in place for celebrating two years of the Buhari government. In the past, we used to have a week-long programme, with military parades, prayers here and there and then a national broadcast to remind the people of how democratic rule has been so…

EDITORIAL OF THE WEEK

  MEDIA hype is an awkward cachet of Nigerian public life. Not surprisingly, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, in its media hype, indict, try and convict suspects in the media, and then, with its shoddy investigations and sloppy prosecution, loses the case in court. In the characteristic media show-off of Nigerian public officials, the Nigerian Army Chief of Staff, Tukur Buratai, told Nigerians that some army officers, in-concert with their political sponsors, were…

7 worldwide journalism opportunities to apply for in June

Looking to expand your journalism toolkit, take on a new beat or receive recognition for your work? Check out these promising courses, fellowships and competitions with deadlines in June. Each is open to journalists worldwide. Media in Conflicts Seminar Deadline: June 7, 2017 Journalists ages 21 to 35 can apply for a fully funded conflict reporting seminar in Herzliya, Israel, organized by the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy. Participants will attend expert lectures,…

PRESS RELEASE    

U.S. Embassy Honors Nigerian TechWomen   “Nigerian women are highly talented like the American women in the movie Hidden Figures,” Ambassador W. Stuart Symington said, prior to screening of the movie at Genesis Cinemas, in Abuja on Tuesday, in honor of Nigerian TechWomen.  Hidden Figures details the story of three female African-American mathematicians employed by NASA in the 1960s.  Working as human computers but denied recognition or promotion, they would go on to play crucial…

Polling fundamentals and concepts: An overview for journalists

The 2016 presidential election surprised many because Donald Trump’s win defied the vast majority of polls. In the aftermath, some are blaming journalists for rushing information out quickly without explaining basic polling caveats. Despite all the lavish attention, polls are only as valid as their design, execution and analysis. The best polls are produced by independent, nonpartisan polling organizations, with no vested interest in the outcome of the findings. These include organizations like Gallup and the Pew…

Opinion Journal: MHNG Opinion Picks of the Week

I hovered around the patched precincts of the magistrate court, Zone 2, Abuja on November 23, 2015. It was tumultuous day. A stomping and surging crowd massed around the court, just as a phalanx of gun-toting security agents planted itself in the sanctuary of justice. Why? Nnamdi Kanu was being expected! After weeks of feeding him mute, misery and torture, the Department of State Services (DSS) eventually brought him before a court. It was a…

EDITORIAL OF THE WEEK

Failure of immunisation in Nigeria, disturbing FAR too slack in implementing its policies, Nigeria’s notoriety for spurning scientifically-proven solutions to its health needs has provoked international anxiety. Notably, two United Nations agencies have raised a fresh alert about the failure of immunisation in the country. The World Health Organisation and United Nations Children’s Fund blame a host of factors for the costly negligence. Diseases are escalating here because immunisation programmes are handled with levity. Therefore,…

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