By Tomiwa Akinabmire
Students have been advised to seek practical engagements to complement their classroom education. This advice was given during the visit of students from the Library and Information Unit of the Department of Arts Education, Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba-Akoko, to Owena Press Limited headquarters, publisher of The Hope.
The purpose of the tour was to expose the students to newspaper production, digitization, and archiving. The students were exposed and taken round stages of newspaper production, distribution, and storage.
The Head of the Department, Dr. Dare Williams Omotoyinbo, stated that the visit aimed to help develop the students and expose them to real-life experiences in the industry.
“Having practical experience will provide them with more information in gathering digital and international knowledge,” he explained.
“The visit will give them exposure and a broader understanding of newspaper writing, as well as information about digitization,” he said.
Additionally, the class representative, Adetunji Festus, mentioned that the visit would complement the theoretical aspect of their course of study and provide them with industrial experience.
While explaining the processes of newspaper production and digitization at Owena Press to the students, the Education Page Editor, Saheed Ibrahim, emphasized the importance of complementing classroom learning with industrial experience.
He advised the students to acquire relevant job experience through freelancing and internships before graduation. This practical exposure, he noted, would enhance their chances of securing suitable employment opportunities after school.