In what may be captured as ‘catch them young’, a Lagos-based not-for-profit media training outfit called Media Mentors Journalism Center (MMJC) has commenced its 2021/2022 Media Mentoring programme for selected young journalists who are mostly in different higher institutions.
The the cycle which is expected to last for six months – September 1, 2021 – February 28, 2022 if things work as planned, would be the first by the Centre strictly on mentoring campus journalists and young journalists in Nigeria.
The Center is an arm of the Media Mentors Leadership Academy (MMLA), a national focused not-for-profit media training outfit based in Lagos, Nigeria.
The cycle had began with 18 campus journalists and young journalists who are just entering the media world after their expression of interest in the cycle.
The Executive-in-Charge, MMJC/MMLA, Ms. Joke Kujenya in statement earlier said, mentees have been paired with older, well-established journalists from various media organizations across the country to help them horn their journalism skills and help them invest in their personal and professional growth.
According to her, the programme was to bridge the gap and address some issues affecting young journalists which would ordinarily not be addressed in the newsroom.
The mentees, during the mentoring cycle, would learn various journalism skills, including inquisitiveness, pitching for stories, basic news writing, investigative journalism, and newsroom culture, she explained.
“The idea is to ensure that the youngsters are prepared ready for employment because they would have learned various journalism skills.
“I have always wanted to mentor younger journalists because, during an eight-month interaction with campus journalists, I discovered that many of them were found to be weak in many of these areas, hence, the intervention, to not only help reduce the burden of newsroom managers when these students eventually become editorial staff but to also make the students appreciate that they must invest in their personal and professional growth”, she added.
Ms. Kujenya also noted that the Mentees were trained for two days in early August, 10-12, 2021, on the qualities of a professional.
With the theme: Developing Yourself as A Professional trainers took about 20 young career pursuing colleagues on the various values expected by employers especially in the media industry, among others.