by ‘Jola Sotubo
Today’s edition of Rubbin’ Minds focused on the new media and the rise of online journalism. Two major players in the sector, Onos Ovueraye, Entertainment Editor of BellaNaija and Osagie Alonge, Chief Correspondent at The NET NG,were hosted on the show.
The duo, along with host Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, discussed the rising super power that is social media and the pros and cons of running an online business in Nigeria.
The new media experts both identified plagiarism and the lack of censorship as major challenges which have encouraged the posting of unverified news on many websites.
They were however unanimous in their preference for their organisations’ regards for ethical journalism which Alonge referred to as “the right way” rather than the approach taken by popular blogger Linda Ikeji.
They claim that their ability to deliver fresh verified news to every class of Nigerian via mobile phones and other new-media positions them to soon kill the relevance of newspapers, television and other traditional media.
They both agreed to riding on the popularity of certain celebrities to attract visits to their websites, mentioning Nollywood stars, Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jalade-Ekehinde, Jim Iyke as well as music stars 2face Idibia and D’banj among those who constantly provide them with the largest hits.