Foundation Plans Digital Empowerment For Journalists


Following its
determination to enhance quality journalism in Rivers State, the Evans Osi Foundation (EOF), says all logistics to empower the first set of pressmen with digital recording devices have matured.
The secretary of the foundation, Mr. Ola Jacobs, made this revelation in an exclusive chat with The Tide last Wednesday in Port Harcourt.
He said EOF became more worried over continuous observation of journalists in the state who still do their jobs manually.
Jacobs, noted that pressmen ought to be the first to embrace the digital world as the most dependable source in the ICT industry.
According to him, part of the reasons for the project was to ensure that reporters in the state rank among the best in the international community.
He did not specify on how to draw names of beneficiaries, but said it would be organised as to accommodate good percentage of reporters in the state.
Earlier, the chairman of the foundation, Mr. Ifeanyi Evans-Osi, said the idea was also to immortalise his father whom he described as an astute journalist.
He hinted that the project may not exceed the end of next month in a bid to keep reporters’ hope fresh.
Evans-Osi, said the first batch of beneficiaries may be smiling home with portables digital devices and other gadgets.
Reacting on why the project was delayed, he said resources were limited then, saying green light has been shown in that direction.
The Tide was informed that the project may not pass through the NUJ in order to provide level playing ground for all.