These were the words of Derwin Johnson, a former American journalist with CNN and ABC News, told Nigerian students on Friday, 18th of July 2014.
Johnson was addressing students at the University of Lagos, that media houses that don’t have an on-line presence will not survive in the 21st century. Almost on daily basis, the number of internet users in Nigeria grow, and they’re mostly youth. Actively browsing and chatting over social media. So its expected that media houses tap into this trend and go digital to stay in business. Its not suprising to notice that many Nigerian newspapers now have websites where they disseminate news. They also have twitter handles, Facebook fan pages, etc, that all aim to serve the same purpose. Gradually, people are preferring to get their news from online sources. Its also not suprising that news and gossips travels faster via social media.
During the event, Johnson brandished a mobile phone and said, “Media houses that are not available here, will not survive.”
I hail that as an eternal statement .
Government can facilitate increased bandwidth in the country, and this will trigger rapid changes in the way Nigerians communicate and access information. The world is going global, audiences are gradually switching to online platforms, and the trend is likely to increase in the coming years. Resistance is futile, go mobile or get left behind.
Source : News Nigeria