Social Media has been described as a revolutionary and liberalizer of Journalism practice around the globe in the 21st Century.

This was disclosed by Comrade Ismail Aniemu in a lecture he delivered during a train the trainers seminar for the Association of Maritime Journalists of Nigeria executives (AMJON) in Apapa on Wednesday.

In the lecture titled, “Role of Social Media in Journalism Practice”, Aniemu noted it’s advent has made it easier for anyone to become a reporter at anytime from anywhere and making wide impact.

According to the Journal.NG magazine publisher, while social media practice has its low side like dissemination of fake news, it has digitalized the practice of journalism either as a career or pastime hobby.

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“Everywhere is a newsroom, everyone given the opportunity to be the reporter, editor and publisher”.

On the importance of social media in journalism, he noted that “at a face value, journalists not only benefit from the exposure that digital environment brings, but also have unlimited amount of information available at their finger tips”.

The Maritime resource person also highlighted the challenges social media could pose for quakes in journalism practice such as Fake News, Unethical Practices, Mob Journalism and Regulatory Impediments.

These challenges include cyber crime offenses when a fake practitioner is caught maligning innocent people, which attracts maximum of 2 years jail team or two million Naira or both.




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