Nigerian journalists are financially handicapped – Prof Pat Utomi

Political economist and chairman, Centre for Values and Leadership, CVL, Prof Pat Utomi has said that the economy of media practitioners in Nigeria diminishes its capacity for performance as journalists are financially handicapped to carry out their duties as members of the Fourth Estate of the Realm.

Utomi said reporters only focus on staged events, press conferences, lectures and that journalists who attend such events only demand and receive brown envelopes which as a result leads to little or no depth, interpretation or investigation of the stories written, noting that they report what they are told leaving many critical questions unanswered. Utomi who was also a former presidential aspirant, made this known as guest lecturer at the 11th Jacksonite Annual Lecture organized by the department of Mass Communication, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Utomi who spoke on the topic: “The Media & The Development Challenge In Nigeria At A Time of Crisis”, said: “In my view, the economics of the media in Nigeria which leaves us with newspapers and electronic media that pay poor salaries and many times fail to pay for months, diminishes capacity for performance.”

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