Publishers of Online news medium have been urged to always maintain ethical standard and promote quality contents.
Abisoye Fagade an Integrated Marketing Communication Consultant gave this urge while speaking at a launcheon organized by South West Group of Online Publishers SWEGOP in Ibadan
Fagade is the founder of Foundation and Sodium Group. A consortium that is specialized in marketing communications, media, consumer goods, hospitality, oil and gas
He said members of the association and other online publishers should operate with ethical standard and be fair in their report
“As a professional, you should always balance your stories, avoid blackmail but publish stories that will set agenda which will enhance progress and development of the society.
While charging the leadership of the association to always ensure proper training and retraining of SWEGOP Members so as to eliminate quackery in journalism, the ibadan born media guru said the SWEGOP should always protect and defend their members.
The Chairman of the Association, Mr Olayinka Agboola in his welcome address said the group which came into existence about five years ago is an epitome of ‘ethical revolution’ in online journalism.
“online publishing is not a tea party. Those of us who have been in the business in the past ten years will confirm this. It is a vocation that obliterates one’s view of socializing. It kills the professional’s social life. This is because one is on duty 24 hours, seven days!”
He maintained that the association will set a standard that will enhance practice of developmental journalism and ensure proper training and retraining of members to enhance professionalism.
The Chairman, Nigerian Union of Journalist NUJ Mr Demola Babalola in his brief remark commended the publishers and promised that they will be integrated into the Union as a chapel very soon.
Babalola who is also an online publisher cautionend against frivolous and unethical practice of journalism