BRIEF ABOUT NUCJ
The National Union Of Campus Journalists, Nigeria is the Umbrella body of all press outfits in Nigerian institutions. It is saddled with responsibility of governing and supervising student journalists who have made up their minds to venture into full journalism practice after school. Also, the union helps to protect the Fundamental Human Rights of her members when such rights are trampled upon.
The National Union of Campus Journalists was founded in 2015 as the conglomerate of over 40 press organizations in Nigeria cutting across Universities, Polytechnics, and Colleges of Education. It is also an affiliate of the National Union Journalists (NUJ) and National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ).
The Union engages in online, broadcast and print journalism and serves as the training ground for numerous aspiring journalists and interested writers who are students across Nigeria institutions. The Union boasts of wonderful and enterprising graduates such as Hannah Ojo (Journalist), Taiwo George (Editor at The Cable), Busari Kemi (an investigative journalist at Premium Times), Laolu Akande (current SSA to the Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria); Fisayo Soyombo( Investigative Journalist and Founder FIJ) to mention a few.
The Union has also created a wonderful path to journalism not only to some of the above (who practiced shortly before veering off), but also to many others which include Olaiya Templer, Tijani Oluwamayowa, Ibrahim Alawode, Adekunle Adebajo, İbrahim Adeyemi , Niyi Oyedeji, Adejumo Kabir, Alfred Olufemi, Uthman Samad etc
NUCJ is committed to ensuring the free practice of campus journalism to promote students welfarism, hold government and school management accountable and promote national development.
Our mission is to promote the importance of campus journalism, serve as an umbrella body for all campus journalists within the federal republic of Nigeria, protect the interests of members and those of the public; always hold on to intellectualism as the core idea of studentship.
The Union operates based on these values: critical viewpoint, impartiality, fairness, independence and honesty. This makes the union different from other students’ organizations.
AIMS & OBJECTIVES
Strengthen and direct, we pray,
the will of all whose work it is to write what many read, and to speak where many listen
May we be bold to confront evil and injustice: understanding and compassionate of human weakness;
rejecting alike the half-truth which deceives, and the slanted word which corrupts
May the power which is ours, for good or ill, always be used with honesty and courage,
with respect and integrity
So that when all here has been written, said and done,
we may, unashamed, meet Thee face to face Amen.
I believe that a journalist should report only what he holds in his heart to be true.
I believe that suppression of the news, for any consideration other than the welfare of society, is indefensible.
I believe that no one should report as a journalist what he would not say as a gentleman I believe that news and editorial columns should alike serve the best interest of readers and listeners; that the supreme test of good journalism is the measure of its public service.
I believe that the journalism which succeeds best fears God and honours man; is stoutly independent, unmoved by pride of opinion or greed of power, constructive, tolerant but never careless, is quickly indignant at injustice, is unswayed by the appeal of privilege or the clamour of the mob and seeks to give every man a chance.