A former General Editor of Newswatch magazine and currently a reputation management and communications specialist, Dr Jossy Nkwocha, has charged journalists to utilise the opportunities afforded by their profession to make a sustainable economic survival.
Nkwocha who was the guest speaker at the 2021 Correspondents’ Week of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Rivers State spoke on the topic, “Leveraging journalism for socio-economic sustainability” held in Port Harcourt on Monday.
Nkwocha said journalists were exposed to very important information and meet influential persons which they can leverage to gain social, economic, and political relevance.
“You can use journalism as a stepping stone. Journalists can do research for national and international organisations for a handsome fee.
“Journalists can write books on controversial political leaders or issues such as the environmental devastation of the Niger Delta region,” he said
Nkwocha noted that such books could be launched in a big way in venues that could attract very important personalities whom the journalist had known over the years in the course of his work.
Nkwocha stated that he wrote five books while working with Newswatch and launched all at the prestigious Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Victoria Island, Lagos.
He added, that a journalist can develop themselves to become a compere at corporate events or leverage their exposure to go into politics.
“Journalists can also apply for the several Federal Government bailouts to set up small and medium scale agricultural projects such as fisheries, poultries, mechanised farming and so on.
He encouraged journalists to continually pursue self-development including pursuing higher degrees and training to position themselves for more opportunities.
The Rivers State Commissioner for Information, Paulinus Nsirim, represented by Mr Celestine Ogolo, Director of Public Enlightenment in the Ministry of Information, declared the one-week event open.
Chairman of the Correspondents Chapel, Mr Amaechi Okonkwo, said the Week would afford members the opportunity to be exposed to various survival options including the green and blue economies.