You Must Have Passion To Succeed ---Oluwusi, Other Veteran Sports Writers Charge Aspiring Chrisland University's Students - EDU-BIZNEWS


Tuesday, July 2, 2024

You Must Have Passion To Succeed ---Oluwusi, Other Veteran Sports Writers Charge Aspiring Chrisland University's Students

Veteran Sports Writers including Deacon Kunle Oluwusi as well as Biodun Alabi and Akeem Akintunde have asked aspiring journalists to develop passion for sports journalism for them to excel in the practice 

The trio who were at different times former chairmen of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria in Ogun State,shared their personal experiences, challenges and many benefits of practicing as sportswriters during their separate presentations at a  training programme  organized by association on 'Advanced Sports Reporting and Broadcasting for students of Mass Communication Department of Chrisland University, Abeokuta as part of activities marking World Sports Journalism Day on Tuesday by the Michael Azeez-Ogunsiji led State Executive of SWAN

They urged the students to be ready to face the challenges of the job to succeed as sports writers during the training programmed held on campus of the university at Simeon Ajebo Road, Abeokuta 

   Biodun Alabi of OGTV

Oluwusi, an ace broadcast journalist who now heads Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY) Radio, Abeokuta speaking on the theme of the 2024 edition of World Sports Journalism Day 'The Integral Roles Of Sports Journalism In Media Landscape', described sports journalism as a very strong unifying factor which breaks all forms of barriers and brings every member of the society, particularly in Nigeria, irrespective of political, religious and ethnic differences 

"It breaks political, religious and social biases, thus becoming a strong unifying force in the society especially in Nigeria. Sports Journalism captures the excitement and the cultural significance of these feats. It bring to the fore the values and benefits of sports. This informs why every media house, both print and electronics allocate quality space and time for sports news and programmes on a daily basis. It has turned out to be a major attraction and selling points for the media houses", he stated 

He stressed the need for the students to have passion for the job and determination, deep understanding of some of the sports they are interested in reporting couple with good command of English language for them to succeed as Sports writers, Commentators in electronic media or sports analysts in the industry 

Oluwusi identified some of the aspects that they must focus on as aspiring sports writers which listed to include results of the sporting events, performances of the teams or athletes involved, upset recorded , facilities at the venue , crowd reactions  and cultural differences amongst others exciting moments 

The veteran journalist went on to list several benefits or opportunities that await those who want to make career in sports journalism among which opportunity to travel to different parts of world for coverage of international competitions, political or public appointments into key positions in national, continental and global sporting organizations or federations

He charged them to be committed to upholding high ethical standards of journalism in the face of challenges to succeed as sports writers 

The State Commissioner for Sports Development, Hon. Wasiu Isiaka declaring the workshop open, urged Sports Writers to always Imbibe the ethics of the practice by ensuring accurate reportage of activities while appreciating SWAN for organizing the training for students 

The Commissioner accompanied by Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr. Lanre Ogunyinka ,was full of confidence that the forthcoming National Sports Festival to be hosted in Ogun State would enjoy massive coverage, considering the calibre of experienced sports writers from the State 

Immediate past Chairman of SWAN, Akeem Akintunde stressed the need for State Government to always give the needed support to the association 

He described SWAN as critical stakeholders in the development of sports in the state 

Publisher and veteran journalist, Mr Dada Olanipeku tasked the students to be creative to excel in the practice while urging members of SWAN to provide the right mentorship for upcoming practitioners 

Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof.Chinedum Peace  Babalola represented by Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ebenezar Farounbi was full of appreciation for SWAN who deemed it fit to organize the training for students of Mass Communication Department of the institution, urging the students to learn from the experiences of veteran Sports Writers 

She expressed the commitment of the university to sustaining the culture of academic excellence, describing the event as testament of the institution to bridging the gab between the town and gown , 

The Vice- Chancellor stressed the importance of sports journalism in the development of the society 

She noted the outstanding contribution of Moses Ojewunmi for the successful hosting of the event by the university 

Deputy Vice-Chancellor however recalled his undergraduate days as footballer, pledging the commitment to development of human resources 

Similarly another veteran Sports Writer Dr. Demolu Okuneye  was full of appreciation for SWAN on successful organizing of the training programme for aspiring sports writers, describing sports writing as most interesting aspect of journalism 

High point of the event was presentation of various awards to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peace Chinedum Babalola and Deacon Kunle Oluwusi and others for their outstanding contributions to the development of humanity and society in particular 

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