By Caleb Ijioma
Award-winning Investigative Journalist, Fisayo Soyombo, who’s known for this die-hard type of journalism trained not less than 300 Mass communication students of Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic on effective journalism.
In a workshop held on Thursday and organised by the Association of Student Communicators (ASCOM), Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic (AAPOLY) chapter, Soyombo laid emphasis on why students should go into journalism for the right reasons.
He said students who venture into journalism for money might get disappointed at the beginning of their Journalism career.
“Don’t rush into Journalism because of money, it does not come that way, you might be disappointed. The money will flow in after immense hard work, maybe 2 to 3 years after venturing into journalism” he said.
Fisayo Soyombo has won multiple awards as an investigative Journalist, in January 2020, he co-won Gatefield’s inaugural People Journalism Prize for Africa (PJPA) with BBC Africa Eye’s Kiki Mordi; and in April he emerged the only African on the long list for One World Media’s International Journalist of the Year Award.
Just recently, he was named winner of the local Reporter category of the 2020 Kurt School Awards in International Journalism.
Speaking about his career, Fisayo narrated how his journalism journey began and how he has been able to achieve success in the field.
“There are days I wore a torn shirt under my jacket, I endured. There are days I couldn’t have the normal three daily meals, I endured; those days are gone, now I can boast with collaborations with big companies” he said.
He advised students not to lose integrity as a journalist and should be able to take risks.
“In Journalism, you build your name with consistency, reputation matters, don’t worry, everything will flow in after your recognition in the field.”
“The biggest thing you need in Journalism is not only your writing but also your integrity, you should also know that for you to achieve something in life, then something must be at stake,” he said.