By: Joy Odor/Abuja
The National President of Catholic Media Practitioners of Nigeria (CAMPAN), Mr. Patrick Osu has advised its members to always report positive developments about the Church and the country.
He also told them to intensify membership drive at both the Diocesan and Archdiocesan levels.
This was highlights of the meeting between the Catholic Bishop Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) for Social Communications, His Lordship, Bishop Denis Isizoh and the CAMPAN National Executive Council (NEC) held on June 29, 2019 at Best Western Meloch Hotel, Awka, Anambra State.
Mr. Osu urged the members of the Association to engage in activities and make their meetings, conferences and congresses very interesting so that more members will always be interested in attending.
He announced that “we should always send reports of activities to the Directorate for inclusion in the reports it will give at the CBCN plenaries.
“That the national convention will hold in Jos, Plateau State, between Wednesday, September 25 and Saturday, September 28,2018.
“That he had mandated the Directors of Social Communications to start CAMPAN, CAEAN and SIGNIS in their respective dioceses and made them functional; to come with progress reports during their next meeting later this year in Warri”CAMPAN President said.
Responding, Bishop Denis Isizoh advised CAMPAN seek to balance the story they think is negative for the spirit of fair hearing and promotion of justice to concerned parties.
According to him, every country in the world has both negative and positive developments, noting that journalists reports are usually based on individual’s perceptions of issues.
On plans to nominate National Patrons and Patronesses for the Association: the Bishop supported the suggested names and modified one.
The Bishop advised that we still throw it open to members during our forthcoming national convention for more suggestions.
He advised that we should not focus only on established personalities but also look for rising Stars who will be willing to assist us by recognizing them.
Commenting on the suggestion of establishing Campan National and religional Newspapers as against diocesan newspaper, Bishop Isuzoh
However advised the Association to have Online newspaper with a website that can be read all over the world with less personnel being involved.
He promised to work on some foreign agencies and to introduce the members to them to serve as freelancers and stringers, saying with that the members will be sending stories about the Church to such organisations which will further boost the reportorial skills.
“The Executives should encourage chapters that are strong to start hosting for national conventions before going to others.
“CAMPAN at the national level should initiate CATHOLIC JOURNALISTS OF THE YEAR AWARDS to recognise and motivate those that have been reporting the activities of the Catholic Church and encourage others to do same.
“The awards should cover those in the print media, electronic media and blogs.
To this end, the Excutives members set up a three-man panel of judges comprising: Very Rev Fr Patrick Alumuku; , Dr Cletus Akwaya, the Managing Editor of Access Newspaper and Mrs Eugenia Abu as members to receive entries and come up with modalities to select winners.