Media Review

2008 Media Review

A night of resounding SUCCESS

December 2008

The 17th presentation of the Diamond Awards for Media Excellence (DAME) on November 30, 2008 was a resounding success. For the 200 quests at the venue, it was an unforgettable moment. The banquet hall of the Sheraton Hotels and Towers, venue of the presentation, was packed with media professionals, media scholars, decision makers, consumer of media messages and other distinguished professionals. They had all turned out to witness what has become synonymous with rewarding excellence in media practice. …..Read More

Picking the winners

October/November 2008

Looking back, John Momoh, chief operating officer of Channels TV, can almost pinpoint the darkest moment of his station since it began transmission 13 years ago. Since the station was established, it had earned a track record of professionalism and credibility in news reportage, a feat that enabled it win several local and international awards. But on Tuesday, September 16, 2008, that record was shattered. The station carried a news flash which read, “News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) is reporting that President Yar’Adua could resign on health grounds after his proposed cabinet reshuffle. The news was sourced and attributed to NAN, a government owned agency……Read More

Lessons from a hoax

September 2008

Looking back, John Momoh, chief operating officer of Channels TV, can almost pinpoint the darkest moment of his station since it began transmission 13 years ago. Since the station was established, it had earned a track record of professionalism and credibility in news reportage, a feat that enabled it win several local and international awards. But on Tuesday, September 16, 2008, that record was shattered. The station carried a news flash which read, “News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) is reporting that President Yar’Adua could resign on health grounds after his proposed cabinet reshuffle. The news was sourced and attributed to NAN, a government owned agency. …..Read More

The passage of Babatunde JOSE

August 2008

The media attention being paid to the passage of Alhaji Is’mail Babatunde Jose, OFR since August 3 typifies the saying made popular by Calpurnia, Caesar’s wife in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, that “when beggars die there are no comets seen; the heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.” The spontaneous outpouring of love for the deceased, the quick rally round his family by friends and professional associates and the eulogies in the media all convey a sense of loss of a well regarded prince, who impacted greatly on his territory. Jose was truly a prince in the newsroom and boardroom, his household and the mosque; and he was a prince at occupying public consciousness many years after rendering active public service to the nation……Read More

Digital broadcasting: Count down begins

July 2008

When stakeholders in the broadcasting industry met on June 3, 2008, they had a thorny issue on their hands; how to fast track the country’s march towards digitisation. Before the meet, there had been a flurry of debates on the benefits of digital broadcasting and how Nigeria can meet the 2015 deadline proposed by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for all countries to complete their digital transition programmes. …..Read More

Is the media soft on Yar'Adua?

June 2008

If the list of those who have supported and accommodated President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua in his one year in office and in his quest to entrench genuine democratic principles in the country is compiled, the media would definitely be included. Not only have journalists handled him gingerly, they have always given him the benefit of doubt in most of his actions .….…..Read More

The World of photojournalists

May 2008

Being a photo-editor is one of the toughest jobs in the newsroom. The position is a combination of many occupations rolled into one: photographer, editor, reporter, lab technician, graphic artist and team leader. Whereas newsrooms around the world differ in shapes and sophistication as well as in the number of people that work there, the intensity which the photo editor works is the same everywhere …..Read More

New revenue stream for the media

April 2008

Mobile media is one of the hottest revenue streams in the news business all over the world today. Although, many Nigerian media organisations have not fully come to terms with the benefits inherent in the use of this technology, a small but growing number has already done so. They have started to pay attention to the technology and business model that have been successful in other parts of the world. The technology allows media organisations to charge people for getting them informed about latest happenings around them through their mobile phones……Read More

Top Ten stories in 2007

March 2008

The 2007 general elections which produced President Umaru Yar’Adua has been picked as the most outstanding news event of 2007 in a survey of the Top Ten stories by Top Ten editors conducted by Media Review. The yearly survey, now in its seventh year, provides an insight into the news judgment of Nigerian editors and tries to identify areas of convergence and points of departure. This year’s survey, like in previous editions, showed political events dominating the list …..Read More

A beautiful night

December 2007/January 2008

The event would forever remain indelible in the minds of those that attended. The 16th presentation of Africa’s most consistent media award, the Diamond Awards for Media Excellence (DAME) that is. Held on December 9, 2007 at one of Nigeria’s most prestigious hotels, Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Lagos, the award ceremony was a night of creativity, recognition and excellence…..Read More