By Ayodele Oni, Akure
The Mass Communication Department of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo state, has emerged winner of the first edition of the Otufodunrin Mass Communication Quiz Competition.
The department emerged first out of eight institutions which participated with 18 points score out of 20 questions from 40 on various aspects of Mass Communication during the event.
The University of Lagos, (UNILAG), Nigerian Institute of Journalism, (NIJ), and Lagos State Polytechnic, (LASPOECH), tied in the second position scoring 16 points each.
Other institutions that participated in the competition included Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, Bayero University, Kano, Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos and Fountain University, Osogbo, Osun State.
Rufus Giwa Polytechnic will receive a laptop as first prize, while the three runner up institutions will get other gadgets and resources.
The competition marked the 55th birthday of Executive Director, Media Career Development Network, and former Editor, Online and Special Publication, Mr. Lekan Otufodunrin.
Otufodunrin who commended institutions and students that participated in the competition explained that it was meant to enhance the knowledge of the students about the industry.
“The students need to know more about the people and institutions in the industry and have practical knowledge of issues in print, broadcast, public relations, advertising and new media. I am glad that the students actively participated and were enthusiastic to know more,” he added.
He also thanked heads of the participating departments for their support for the competition.
Otufodunrin promised that the next edition will be improved
based on the lessons learnt from the inaugural edition.
“It is a way of giving back to the society and also a way of encouraging mass communication students that journalism is a good profession; students should remain positive towards Mass Communication as a course.”
It was reported that students of the department turned out well during the quiz, Ado Adeboye and Omorinkola Folakemi represented the school well too, by responding to questions chosen with five lifelines to seek assistance from audience if they couldn’t answer the questions well.
The Otufodunrin Mass Communication Quiz Competition is an annual exercise having eight higher institutions participating in its first edition and it has the aim of encouraging students to see the better side of journalism and opportunities that lies in it,
“It doesn’t end in the class rooms, and students can take advantage of the opportunities in social media too,” Otufodunrin said.
“The next edition is sure to be more engaging, as this maiden edition is to call an awareness that such still exist in the media industry, other institutions who couldn’t anticipate in the first edition can actually participate in the next one”
“Students can take advantage of the competition to enlighten themselves, it is also a way to know that ‘students know that journalism is a successful profession as long as they stand up to it even as students.”