The MEDIA TRUST, publishers of Daily trust, Weekly Trust, Sunday trust and Aminiya recently published a public notice, a kind of disclaimer, warning individuals and organizations from giving bribery (brown envelop) to their reporters/editors in whatever guise. The publishers admonish the public and also their reporters to reject such gesture.
In addition the Publishers also offer automatic employment to best graduating mass-communication students from the Nigerian universities and colleges. Please read below the notice:
No, Thank You!
(Policy on gift-taking for reporters and editors of Media Trust, publishers of Daily Trust, Weekly Trust (and soon) Sunday Trust and Aminiya)
In the course of their work, many reporters and editors are offered gifts, sometimes with the overt aim of influencing their work. Some of these gifts could be described as “token”. If not, it may be offered in ways it would be rude or self-righteous to reject there and then.
In the circumstances, it has become necessary for us to make public our company’s policy on gift-taking, so that our numerous readers, newsmakers, advertisers and other well-wishers can help us with its implementation.
It is the policy of Media Trust that its editors and reporters should not accept a gift from those they encounter in the course of their work. Where such a gift can be graciously declined, we expect our staff to do so. However, where it is pressed on them, they should declare it so that the company can write a letter thanking the giver, while returning the gift.
The practice of journalism in Nigeria today has acquired some odium due to the “brown envelope syndrome”. For those who may want it spelt, “brown envelope”, whereby journalists or those who pass themselves off as such, insist on being paid to cover events or report occasions. This practice is not limited to the lowly reporter; it obtains also at the high echelons in media organisations.
There is no doubt that this practice has not only affected adversely journalism practice in Nigeria, but has also demeaned its stature in the eyes of the public.
Thus the resolve of Media Trust that measures should be taken to curb this unwholesome tendency, at least for those working for it. The rule it has laid down stipulates that journalists working for our newspapers should not solicit either through begging, flattering, cajoling or blackmailing for gifts.
In the same vein it expects those who patronize it as readers, advertisers and newsmakers, not to seek to unduly influence its reporters and editors with unsolicited favours.
We have an in-house policy of rewarding staff who keep to the straight and narrow path, in an environment of all-engulfing sleaze. You can assist us by reporting anyone who claims to be our staff, yet engages in such unethical conduct.
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PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT II
Are You A High-Flying Mass Communication Graduate,
The Best Graduating Student In Your University / Polytechnic?
Then read this!
MEDIA TRUST LIMITED offers automatic employment in its four newspaper titles: Daily Trust, Weekly Trust, Sunday Trust and AMINIYA to the best graduating Mass Communication students from the following institutions:
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
Bayero University, Kano
University of Maiduguri
University of Jos
University of Ilorin
Benue State University, Makurdi
Kogi State University, Ayingba
University of Lagos
University of Nigeria, Nsukka
University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom
If you fit the bill and you are interested, then please contact your Head of Department, who is expected to forward your particulars to:The Editor-in-Chief
Media Trust Limited
No 20, P.O.W. Mafemi Crescent
Off Solomon Lar Way (Behind Chida Hotel)
Utako District, Abuja