Social media, threat to newspapers – Adetula
By Bukola Olamona
The advent of social media now constitutes a great threat to the print media as it affects the circulation figure of newspaper production across the country.
The Chairman/Editor-in- Chief of Owena Press Limited, Akure, Publishers of The Hope titles, Sir Ademola Adetula made this known while addressing 300 level students in the Department of Mass Communication of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti (FUOYE) who were on an excursion to the Company.
Adetula said that the media, especially the print is under a siege since the advent of social media as a lot of people now patronise social media as a result of its immediate reportage.
He conceded that while the social media has advantages, its evil exploitation by unscrupulous elements appears to be on the increase.
While speaking on the evil of social media, he stated that many of the writers there are not professionally supervised like what obtains in the traditional media.
The Chairman said the traditional media is still the best to be patronised in terms of accuracy, clarity, conciseness, coherence and truth.
Adetula also disclosed that The Hope Newspaper remains the best community newspaper in the state.
” We cover the community better than any newspaper. The immediate catchment areas are given priority, the newspaper caters for them”, .he said.
Earlier, the Editor of The Hope, Mr Akin Adubuola, while lecturing the students on the technical aspect of the newspaper told them about the various processes involved in publishing a newspaper starting from the newsroom to printing.
He said the beauty of a newspaper is how best they can design their pages, therefore all hands must be on deck to ensure that subsequent production comes out better than the previous ones.
The students were later taken round the company’s premises to know the nitty-gritty of how to produce a newspaper.