Step by Step Guide on How to Become a Journalist in Nigeria

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This article is written to give you a guide on how to become a journalist in Nigeria. We hope you follow the guide lines and become what you desire to be. We wish you the very best as you fellow this steps.

Things are happening every day in our world: good things, bad things, and ugly things. We get to hear some of them but great deals of them do not get to our ears.

There are times we come across a piece of information and want to circulate it. There are even times we see things around us and we wish to draw public attention to it but we cannot.

If you have ever thought about being in a position to gather factual information about current events and sharing them with the public, then you might want to read this. In addition to this, for everyone who desires to become a Nigeria journalist, then this post is for you.

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A journalist is a professional who reports news and current affairs. A journalist does not create news; he or she gathers facts about a current event and publishes the same to the public.

Whatever may be the events you choose to report about, just note that it must be up to date and newsworthy. As a journalist, you might also be involves in the breakdown of news.

Here are steps that will guide you on How to Become a Journalist in Nigeria:

1. Traditionally, the best action plan is to join the art class in senior secondary school, paying particular attention to such subjects as English Language and Literature

Proceed to the university or polytechnic to study communication arts or mass communication. At graduation, you should be able to tell what kind of media to work in.

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2. On the other hand, to become a 21st-century journalist in Nigeria is not a must that you should have a degree in communication arts.

This is because global trends in information and communication technology have made almost everything possible for almost anybody.

But what you need to consider is you having a curious interest in journalism and a generous knowledge of almost everything. Just be current. However, I might advise you to learn global best practices in journalism to guide your passion.

3. Choose your career path

Journalism is a broad career. This is because of the division in media. There are print media and electronic media.

The print media is traditionally involved in the production of newspapers, dailies, magazines, etc. The electronic media covers radio and television broadcasting.

I might also recommend you to work as a freelance journalist, by writing articles for news agencies without being fully employed by them. You choose which fits you.

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4. Prepare for the job

You have to be prepared for the job of a journalist if you want to be hired. A good journalist reads wide. Reading wide broaden your horizon and helps you develop the ability for critical thinking.

It also prepares you for the research you will be doing on the job. I also advise you to prepare by writing free news articles for news agencies, school magazines, etc.

Build a wealth of experience. In today’s Nigeria where potential employers seek an applicant with many years of experience, you can build such experience before you ever get your first real job.

If a good news agency finds you good, committed and reliable, it will hire you.

5. Get voice training

If you have chosen to be a radio or television presenter, you need to get trained on the nitty-gritty of verbal newscasting.

Some radio and TV stations have training schools for would-be presenters. Enroll in one. You might even be taken after the training course.

Go for presenting auditions. You can also use internet materials to upgrade your presentation skills. Study from broadcasters you admire and try to learn from them.

Get rid of any unnecessary accent in your spoken English. Polish your pronunciation.

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6. Have your unique writing style

Are there journalists whose reporting or interviewing styles you admire? You can model them and become better.

Find good journalists who inspire you and follow their outputs. Practice on how to write better. Improve your lexicon.

7. Join a labor union

In Nigeria, there are different trade unions for the different fields of journalism. These unions help in regulating journalism practices in the country. Find out which one is the umbrella body for workers in the particular field you have chosen and join them.

Follow these simple steps. Be artistic and attentive. Keep an open mind. You will discover that to become a journalist in Nigeria is not very difficult.

I wish you success in your career!

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