The first leg of the planned tour of AcademiaUncut of all higher institutions in the country has become a reference point to the media organization of the high recognition and acceptance of the journal.
From universities to polytechnics and colleges of education, the ovation remained loud among students and managers of the institutions.
The tour took the media to 12 of the 14 higher institutions in Lagos and the environs.
At the University of Lagos and Lagos State University, it was good acceptance for the journal that debuted in June with focus on reporting the education sector. The tours also proceeded to the College of Education (Technical) Akoka in the neighbourhood of the Unilag and later to the oldest higher institution in Nigeria, Yaba College of Technology before proceeding to the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu and later the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Ijanikin. The many private universities were not left out except the Redeemers University and Christopher Okoye University on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
In addition to the reception and acceptance of the journal as essential in the sector, most of the institutions welcomed the idea and proposal of having reporters on campus for the journal, especially students of the Mass Communication department, promising to align fully with the goal.
AcademiaUncut had come up with the plan which would be handled early next year in batches at the geopolitical zone levels.
The intention is to hold free training for student reporters and possibly lecturers that would serve as editors at large who would be contributors also. The training would encompass the traditional and new media practice and ethics.
The AcademiaUncut editorial team had earlier taken similar tour of all universities within Abuja including the University of Abuja, Baze University, Nile University, the African University of Science and Technology and the Nasarawa State University in nearby Keffi. The reception of the publication and its plans to reach and report effectively the institutions were also well received.
Starting from the north east, the team also visited many universities in the north of Nigeria including the ABU Zaria, Nigeria Defence Academy; Defence Industry Corporation (DICON), Command and Staff College, Jaji, Bayero University, Kano, Police University, Wudil, Umar Yar’Adua University, Katsina, Federal Polytechnic, Birnin Kebbi, Uthman Dan Fodiyo University, Sokoto and the University of Jos, among others.
Also covered in the tour were the Benue State University, Makurdi, NTA Training School, Jos, Federal College of Education, Dutse and Queen Amina College, Kakuri.
Also in the tour track were the Nigeria Army School of Artillery, Sati Barewa, Taraba State and the Kogi State Polytechnic.
In the South East, the team has however visited the Enugu State University of Technology, IMT Enugu, School of Dental Technology and Therapy, Enugu and the Ebonyi College of Education, Ikwo.
It was a thing of joy for the university academic community to welcome the first exclusive journal solely devoted to reporting the education sector. They expressed their gratitude for the huge resources deployed in making sure that every institution in the country receives free copies of our publications.
In most of the institutes, we agreed that a representative will be nominated by the authorities to report on activities of various institutions and a letter communicating to us the names of the representative. It was also agreed that our relationship will be of mutual benefit as we look forward to advertorial/special spotlight in our journal.
The issue of training of campus reporters was discussed and a new date for the exercise will be communicated to them when finally agreed on early next year.
The students were glad to contribute to the success of the journal. In some of the schools, executives of student union government and mass communication students pledged to work on the success of the publication.
They were frank and enthusiastically asked questions about their benefits for their expected efforts to the success of the publication.
They got assurances of the knowledge benefits and how they reporting for the journal would among others imbue them with the advantage of practical journalism and exposing them to the world of work and the fame that goes with bylines early in life as students.