Student-Journalist Lashes Punch Reporter Over ‘Fake’ Story

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A student of Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Tunde Ososanya currently serving in Osun State NYSC camp has lashed a Punch newspaper reporter, Femi Makinde Over what he regards as unprofessional writing by the reporter.

15326402_1529042180444417_6833830173627636175_n“The era of yellow journalism gave birth to so many jejune journalists that many of us think are professional journalists.”

“Journalism as we were taught, should thrive on objectivity and accuracy. But a situation where those that practise this profession derail from the ethics of the latter, then there’s a big problem that demands urgent attention.”

“Femi Makinde of Punch Newspaper exemplified the height of unprofessionalism in his news report of the visit of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, to the National Youth Service Corps permanent orientation camp, Ede, Osun state, this afternoon.”

The headline of the said news reads: ANOTHER ‘CORPER’ COLLAPSES DURING OONI’S VISIT TO ORIENTATION CAMP(http://punchng.com/another-corper-collapses-during-oonis-visit-to-orientation-camp/)

“The headline was not only misleading but quite unfortunate, especially coming from a Punch reporter.”

“Yours truly is one of the 2016 Batch B corps members deployed to the state of Osun, and I can authoritatively say that Femi Makinde would fare better as a fiction writer than a journalist, because what he reported was nothing but a figment of his imagination.”

“No corp member slumped during the visit of Oba Ogunwusi. The said corps member who had been diagnosed of peptic ulcer two years ago reacted to a spicey meal she ate, after which she walked with some of her friends to the camp clinic where she’s currently resting and under observation.”

“Where then did Makinde get his information that the corps member had been treated and discharged?
As a matter of fact, no Red Cross member confirmed to any Punch correspondent that the lady had been treated and discharged.”

“Makinde and many others are the bad eggs we need to advise to desist from dragging the journalism profession in the mud with their white lies they call news. If all they can report to the unsuspecting public is false news, then they have no business in this noble profession.”

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