July 5, 2020

Osoba Tasks Publishers To Embark On E-Vending, Says Hard Copy Era Is Gone


Former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba has advised Nigerian publishers to embark on e-vending as the era of newspapers distribution is over.

He stated this at a public lecture organized to mark 160 years of journalism in Nigeria by the League of Veterans Journalists, Ogun and Oyo State chapters.

The lecture themed: ‘Re- Inventing the practice of journalism in Nigeria with emphasis on the influence of the social media’ was held at Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta.

He said ”I want to appeal to you all to imbibe modern day technology in our profession as any journalist that does not know how to use the internet or is not vast with the use of modern technologies is not a journalist.

”My own admonition is that we must re- orientate ourselves. The idea of circulating newspapers in this country is gone, hard copy news is dead all over the world. In my days, Daily Times circulation in a day was an average of 250,000 copies. I doubt if the circulation of all the newspapers in this country is up to 250,000 copies in a day.

”The modern day situation is that the publishers should start e-vending. E- vending is when you subscribe and the entire paper is accessed on the internet.”

However, on the ranging issue of death penalty for hate speech, he therefore urged the Senate to shun the hate speech bill, adding that whoever that feel injured should go to court if he or she has it on record.

He recalled: ”I have been libelled so many times and had gone to court and I won because I have my fact. I believe in the judiciary, so those who may be interested in much recommendation is that they should use the provisions of the judiciary that are stated to deal with us.

“My final note is this, all of us, journalists should move away from the conventional practice and mount social space which is the future. Let us also move to the social media as professionals and attack them. Stop these people from moving all these fake news vendors into our system.

“Our survivor is not going with this conventional practice and we getting converted by moving into the social media space and attack the fake news conveyors, take it over and give the readers credible stories to read.”

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