The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday, challenged Editors not to allow journalism profession to collapse by enforcing the rules and values of the profession.
Osinbajo gave the advise in a goodwill message at the opening of the 14th All Nigeria Editors’ Conference (ANEC) in Asaba, Delta State.
He noted that most professions, particularly journalism, have been threatened by artificial technologies, adding that social media has virtually taken over the conventional media in terms of readership and followership.
According to Osinbajo in his goodwill message titled: ‘The end of Professions, the end of Journalism’ , the burden is on the guild to set the agenda and the rules as well as enforce and keep them.
“For journalism, are we at the end of the profession? Today, social media has totally become the choice of everybody and read by many people than the newspapers”.
He noted that apart from the challenges of technology, the professionals remain a challenge to themselves, such that people had lost confidence because most information lacked objectivity and accuracy.
He said that the journalism profession had today become partisan and is being influenced by politicians and non-professionals.
He charged the media to fight corruption in the system, adding that corruption, like cancer could eat up the fabrics and eventually kill the victim if not checked.
“The guild must make personal sacrifice that will save the profession by removing the bad eggs,” the VP said.