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MTN announces opening of MTN MIP-3 Media Innovation Programme

By Stanley Onyeka, Lagos

MTN Nigeria Communications Plc and the School of Media & Communications, Pan-Atlantic University (PAU), have announced a call for applications from qualified media practitioners to participate in the 3rd edition of the MTN Media Innovation Programme (MTN MIP-3).

The MTN MIP-3 will commence on May 20, at the Main Campus of the Pan-Atlantic University, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos, according to the company’s statement. 

MTN Nigeria in collaboration with the PAU’s School of Media and Communication, launched the Media Innovation Programme (MTN MIP) in 2022, to enable media practitioners gain deeper insight into the ever-evolving media landscape.

The six-month, fully-funded certificate fellowship, which includes a study visit to the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, and an innovation hub to incubate ideas, is open to media practitioners across all strata of the media industry including the print, electronic and online platforms.

The programme is also open to social media content creators.

Speaking on the impact of the Chief Corporate Services & Sustainability Officer, MTN Nigeria programme, Tobechukwu Okigbo, was quoted as saying: “The media play a crucial role in shaping the society. It is important that they are enabled with tools and opportunities to do their jobs better as this ultimately benefits the society.

“Our commitment is to continue to empower media practitioners, regardless of platforms, to be able to innovate and create technological-driven solutions to our world. This is what the MTN Media Innovation Programme seeks to accomplish.”

The media play a crucial role in shaping the society. It is important that they are enabled with tools and opportunities to do their jobs better as this ultimately benefits the society.

On his part, the Dean School of Media and Communication, Pan-Atlantic University, Dr Ikechukwu Obiaya, said the programme brings into play the wide experience that the School has in the training of media practitioners.

“In our various programmes targeted at journalists, we at the School of Media and Communication have always laid a lot of emphasis on the importance of creativity, ethics and professionalism.

“The Media Innovation Programme is one more opportunity to drive home these values but with a new emphasis on innovation.

“Journalism remains as important as ever to the society, and it is driven by the same values, but journalists require a retooling to meet the technological changes and challenges of today.

“This is the role that the Media Innovation Programme aims to play, and we are quite happy to be able to partner with MTN to achieve this goal.”

At the end of the training, the 20 successful applicants will qualify as Fellows for the 2024 cohort. The Fellows would be coached on Nigeria’s technology sector, the relationship between media and technology, and equipped with the skills to adapt to the changing realities that guarantee career and financial success in their professional practice.

Fellows will also have access to professional resources and mentorship from PAU’s erudite faculty.

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