Chief Olusegun Osoba, former governor of Ogun State, has called for the establishment of more media organisations in order to meet the information needs of people in the local communities of the country.
He made the call while speaking at a lecture held by the Association of Communication Scholars and Professionals of Nigeria (ACSPN), on Thursday, at the Department of Mass Communication, University of Lagos.
Highlighting the role community media have to play in the various localities in promoting developmental programmes, Osoba observed that local media will complement mainstream media in the reportage of community as well development issues.
Osoba also stressed the imperativeness of engaging online and traditional media with view to publishing more localized contents.
“The newspapers will not die. Tomorrow is for internet online newspapers I foresee a tomorrow of free newspapers. We are not going to kill the traditional media, but we are all going to move to the social media,” he said.
However, he said in the interest of national security, that journalists should shun unethical practices common among bloggers who he described as “not having any journalism background,” adding that this will promote the peaceful coexistence of Nigerians.