Friday, August 24, 2012


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On behalf of the Association of Campus Journalists, Obafemi Awolowo University we are writing to you now to bring to your attention the upcoming International Campus Journalists Conference to be hosted by us.
We would be grateful if you could forward the information below to anyone/school/group that you feel might be interested in participating.
The Association of Campus Journalists (ACJ), Obafemi Awolowo University is pleased to announce its first International Campus Journalists Conference, to be held in Nigeria at the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, State of Osun in October, 2012.
The conference will be a rare opportunity for student Journalists to spend three days listening to, and interacting with many of the best brains in the media world on the extraordinary range of topics and issue.
The Theme of the event is: Good Governance and National Development: the Role and Impact of the Media; the venue for the event is the Oduduwa Hall of the university while the event starts 10:00am daily.
Proudly motivated by The Nation Newspaper, the international conference would attract eminent international speakers and participants from the media industry and academia. The conference will gather close to 3500 student journalists from virtually all tertiary institutions in Nigeria, media industry professionals, government agencies, policymakers, regulators, UN agencies, donors, research groups, civil society organizations, independent consultants and academics from not only Nigeria, but from selected countries in Africa; United State, and the United Kingdom. It will feature high-profile keynote addresses, plenary sessions and several parallel track sessions, Networking events, cultural programmes, media training, sightseeing events, and most importantly, an Award session for distinguished journalists and eminent personalities.
This unique event will bring Nigeria headliners together, and demonstrates how a passionate commitment to excellent reporting makes a difference in the lives of people everywhere.
Student journalists from across the country will have the opportunity to come together for three days full of workshops, panels, and trainings featuring top professional editors, reporters, and broadcasters including Mrs. Toyin Dokpesi, Mr. Seye Kehinde, Roy-Murray Bruce, and Mallam Mohammed Garba, the National President, Nigerian Union of Journalists among several others of high calibre.
 Topics will range from the role of the press in democracy to skill sessions on investigative reporting and opinion writing. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply, but space is limited, so don't wait!
In view of the importance attached to this conference, the Executive Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has agreed to be the Chief Host of the event while we expect Senator Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to grace the occasion.
Those expected to grace this event include but not limited to: Mr. Fola Adeola, MD/CEO of Guaranty Trust Bank; Dele Momodu, NCP presidential aspirant in the last general elections and publisher of Ovation Magazine; Chief Tony Iredia, former Director General of NTA; Chief Olusegun Osoba, a seasoned journalist and former governor of Ogun State; Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, a member of the House of Representatives and Chairman, House Committee on Diaspora Affairs; Mr. Sam Omatseye, the MD/CEO of The Nation Newspaper; Chief Ojo Ade, the owner of Elizade Motors, the official distributor of Toyota Motors in Nigeria; Mr. A.O Asinowo, the Director General of Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association.
Others include: Alkasim Aldulkadir, international freelance correspondent; Tomi Oladipo, BBC’s correspondent; Seyi Law, a comedian; Wizkid, music sensation; Bisade Ologunde aka Lagbaja; Charles Anazado, Supersport presenter; Gbenga Omotosho, Editor, the Nation Newspaper; Obadiah Tohomdet, Senior Communication Officer, World Bank, inter alia.
With nothing less than 50 awards to be given at the conference, reputable TV stations, Radio Stations, Newspapers, Media Personalities and distinguished individuals will be decorated and presented plaques of honour of the International Campus Journalists Awards during the conference.

Conference Format:
The three-day conference will have the following features: 

v       Plenary sessions where macro problems and issues are to be probed and discussed
v       Parallel sessions where specific and micro problems are examined.
v       Panel Discussions
v       Keynote Sessions 

v      Media training/workshop for student journalists
v       Entertainment Show 

v      Distinguished Awards/Honour
v      Games and sightseeing
v     Gala Night

Participation in the conference is open to campus journalists, students of Journalism, English Language, Mass Communication, and other related courses; students of non-communication related courses who are enthusiastically interested in this conference and willing to mingle with other attendees are also eligible to apply. The conference is also open to veteran journalists, seasoned broadcasters, governmental & diplomatic officials, academics & scholars, artists, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives and young professionals as well as other interested individuals from across the world.

Opportunity, Training, Development and Competition
Students will attend seminars before the end of the conference and will receive training in News writing, Editorial Cartooning, Editorial Writing, Feature Writing, Sport Writing, Headline Writing, Photojournalism, Investigative Journalism and Radio Broadcasting & Script Writing.
Moreover, the conference promises to give participants, especially those interested in doing their IT or taking internship jobs in zenith press outfits in Nigeria and beyond, the opportunity to build close rapport with media practitioners and top bosses of companies and industries. Furthermore, certificate of participation would be given to all participants; apart from that, packages will be handed over to attendees at the end of the event.

Feeding and Accommodation

The Local Organizing Committee has agreed to serve all attendees three times daily with breakfast (morning), Snacks/Tea (Tea Break session), and slap-up dinner (evening). For accommodation, however, preparation has been made to ensure that all participants are lodged inside the university campus. Maximum security network has been put in place to safeguard the lives and properties of our guests. Since the campus is an environment where movement during the middle of the night is seen as normal and usual, all participants would have a platform to mix and mingle with other delegates from different school at the end of the event each day before going to bed later in the night.
Unfortunately, the university community will not be able to accommodate more than 468 guests. We are presently planning on how to get conducive lodges for all our guests during this event. Since the school will be in session, we won’t be accommodating any of our participants in the school Halls of residence. Instead, we are fine-tuning strategies at ensuring that all participants remain comfortable with their accommodation. In any case, hotels and guest houses or any other convenient lodges outside the campus will be our last resort.

There is no doubt that this event would be mentioned and reported on internationally respected television stations like Cable News Network (CNN), British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Al jazeera, and CCTV. The event will be reported and covered by virtually all national and local television/radio stations in Nigeria such as AIT, Channels Television, MiTV, DBN, Silverbird, NTA, OSRC, OSBC, BCOS, Lagos TV, Splash fm, Oluyole fm, Top fm among several others. Virtually all Newspapers/Magazines in Nigeria will also cover the event while online magazines, news sites, social network sites, Blogs etc. will be busy as traffic on such sites would go up the notch.
In order to have a well organized conference, applications will preferably be accepted from groups, departments and associations. Registration for the conference will be done online via the conference website while the registration fee for the conference will be paid into the conference bank account. Applications will close on September 14th, 2012.
In order to get wider participation of delegates for this unprecedented conference, the registration fee has been set at a very low rate as this event is not for money-making but for building unity between and among young professionals of like minds. The registration fee has been fixed for #3, 500 per person and this will cover the aforementioned spending and provisions.
Prospective participants can also register offline but this will require them to submit their details to the Officer-in-Charge of ICJC in their school or the President/Leader of their association or group. The maximum number of delegates we can take from each school is sixty. 
Thank you for your attention and for your cooperation in sharing the news of our upcoming event. We would be very happy if our invitation attracts your attention and participation. If you do not wish to receive emails from us in the future, please send us an email to indicating this.
We believe that the conference could be of great beneficial interest to your students/members and in this regard we will be more than happy to provide you with any additional information you may require.
We look forward to hearing from you further and if you have any queries, then please do not hesitate to contact us.
Be sure of our best regards.

                                                                                                           Yours faithfully,

Association of Campus Journalists
Block 2, Topmost Floor, Fajuyi Hall
Obafemi Awolowo University,
Ile-Ife, Osun State
 07088883300, 08166577105

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