WHAT WE DO
The Union engages in both broadcast and print journalism and serves as the training ground for numerous aspiring journalists and interested writers who are students across Nigeria institutions.
Annual National Forum on Governance and Leadership: An annual convergence of stakeholders to discuss and address issues in governance and leadership, aimed at proffering sustainable solutions.
The Outstanding Campus Journalists Awards(TOCJA): The Outstanding Campus Journalists Award (TOCJA) is an award session to celebrate exceptional and outstanding campus Journalists across Nigeria. The awardees are selected after thorough screening which is always conducted by professionals.
Female Campus Journalism Network (FCJN): FCJN is aimed at providing mentorship, capacity building and engagements for Female Campus Journalists in Nigeria.
Gender representation in campus journalism leans heavily on the male gender. The female campus journalists are inactive when compared with their male counterparts. This situation can also be found in the professional journalism industry. It should be noted that Nigeria is not the only country where journalism is a male dominated industry.
From the statistics gathered from campus journalists, only 40% of campus journalists in Nigeria are female and they are very inactive. The only very active ones can be found heading campus journalism outfits like UCJ ILORIN, UCJ UI AND UCJ FUOYE.
A survey carried out among female campus journalists in Nigeria revealed that most of them are inactive because they are scared of going to the field to gather information alone, that is, without the presence of male colleagues. Women, due to societal dictates, have become programmed to the notion that they cannot do certain things on their own without the physical strength of their male colleagues.
However, despite the status quo, there are females who have managed to challenge the norms and rise in rank in the journalism industry.
Nigerian Campus Electricity Project (NCEP): NCEP is a project focused at assessing the situation of electricity supply in Nigerian campuses (Federal and State Owned Universities) and the impact on student’s academic life. Reports of findings from the investigation and recommendations will be published to proffer solutions to the issue. A follow-up discussion with stakeholders (Students, Campus Managements, and Power Sector Operators etc) will be initiated to urge implementation and sustainability.
Tips and Share: An investigative project that involves the sharing of news tip-offs between journalists from different institutions.
Annual National Convention: The annual convention is important to the generality of her members, this is seen in the number of delegates that grace the event.
The major importance of the convention is to award campus journalists across all universities and to train them in the art of mainstream journalism. There are other benefits that are incidental to the convention, these include:
Social benefit- the convention is a gathering of students across Nigeria universities from more than 60 institutions. The convention is a combination of award presentation, election and a symposium. The social benefit of this event is embedded in the symposium where mainstream veteran journalists will be invited to speak on issues affecting the country as a whole especially in relation to corruption, democracy, terrorism and governance.
Personal benefit- participants will get a chance to network with campus journalists from other universities and, or speakers at the symposium. There will be internship opportunities for members, this will be provided by the speakers and other media houses that are in partnership with the Union.
Annual General Meeting (AGM): A gathering of delegates from NUCJ member-institutions to review plans, present scorecards, discuss the affairs of the union, as well as the inauguration of the electoral and TOCJ Awards committee.
Annual Zonal Campus Journalists Workshop: This convenes campus journalists studying at NUCJ members–institutions/chapters all geopolitical zones, for discussions centered on the growth of the union and campus journalism.