Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Genevieve Magazine, Betty Irabor was hosted by Media in Lagos Nigeria. The event which held on 25th April 2017 at the Muson Centre Lagos had top media owners urging the new age media practitioners to make truth and detailed reporting the core of the revered occupation. The event was organised as part of activities marking the 60th birthday anniversary of the media icon.
With the theme “Integrity Matters,” Keynote speaker, Dr. Doyin Abiola revealed how hard it is to maintain integrity in Nigeria which comes harder for a woman in power noting how unprofitable the publishing business is. She noted that “no publication is making healthy profit in Nigeria“.
Elated Betty Irabor revealed that starting off Genevieve Magazine came with its ups and downs especially in the beginning where a lot of readers thought the publication belonged to actress Genevieve Nnaji who incidentally was the first cover girl. She opined that hard work, consistency, integrity and passion were some of the values that contributed to the success of the Genevieve magazine.
A panel of seasoned journalists including Publicity to former president Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Reuben Abati, Kadaria Ahmed, Chude Jideonwo and Funke Egbemode who sparked up debates about new media and the traditional media. The heated session revealed the shortcomings of the profession with emphasis on the ills of social media as a tool and the influx of people looking to make fast money as against educating or properly informing the public. Though the panelist had different opinions on the New media and Traditional media, one thing was clear, they all agreed on the importance of Integrity in disseminating information to the public either on social media or newspapers.
The event was organised by a number of organisations including; Women in Journalism Africa, Genevieve Magazine and several other journalism-based outlets to highlight the importance of maintaining high journalism standards and the ethics of the profession.
In the end, journalists are urged to remain truthful with integrity forming a major bond in the industry. Integrity must always count, Integrity breathes Trust and loyalty, Integrity should always come first.
In attendance were notable industry players such as; Publisher of The Guardian Newspaper, Lady Maiden Alex-Ibru, President Nigerian Guild of Editors and Managing Director of The New Telegraph, Funke Egbemode, Managing Director of defunct Concord Newspapers, Dr. Doyin Abiola, Dr. Reuben Abati; Publisher of Today’s Woman magazine, Adesuwa Onyenokwe, Publisher of Working Moms Africa Magazine, Mary Ikoku, Biola Alabi, Chude Jideonwo, Azuka Ogujiuba, Onah Nwachukwu and more were present at the event. Please find Pictures below
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