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ANPC hosts press club, FCE Umunze prep school

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IN pursuit to widen horizon and have practical knowledge on how media organisation works, Demonstrative Secondary School, Eziagu, a subsidiary of Federal College of Education (TECH) Umunze, paid an excursion visit to Anambra  Newspapers and Printing Corporation (ANPC), publishers of National Light, Ka O Di Taa(an Igbo language newspaper) and SportslightXtra newspapers.

  No fewer than 40 pupils who are members  of the school’s Press and Debate club that visited  the organisation’s premises on Thursday, were received  by the Managing Director  and Chief Executive Officer, Chuka Nnabuife, Editor, Rose Oranye and some staffers of ANPC.

 Subsequently, Sir  Nnabuife while taking the students round the media house, explained the functions of various departments and gave a blueprint on newspaper production in the establishment. He said “ANPC are printers of National Light Newspaper, Ka  O Di Taa (Igbo newpaper), SportLightXtra and National Light Art House, a place where we act, sing, dance, write poems or any creativity.

  “Also, we have  various departments like administrative, newsroom, advertising, library, security, graphics, circulation, production(printing), finance and supply, among other units in this organisation. Every department must work together to achieve set objectives”.

  At the Newsroom and Library section, the students were spellbound and listened with rapt attention as the managing director and the Editor of the corporation enlightened them on the  nitty-gritty of journalism practice and responsibility of a news reporter. Nnabuife said,  “news reporting starts by knowing what is considered as newsworthy stories. A reporter is always  ready, equipped, and  up to date to events happening round his or her environment and otherwise as they unfold. More so, he is punctual to work, assignments and  ends works not at normal office hours but rather, when the news ends.

  While describing the graphics department as a crucial part of the organisation, Nnabuife elucidated that all graphical elements are assembled and used to build the newspaper with computer.

  After the student were taken round various departments, the managing director admonished the students to  always have confidence in themselves and utilise any opportunity that will affect their life positively. “I never had a Press club in my secondary school, but I was in debate club.

It helped me a lot.  Always emphasise the way you speak (communicate) and present yourself in public; be confident enough to express yourself. Without it, you can’t write or command public attention. I encourage you to write articles and send for publication. I’m looking forward to see some of you join the media,” he said.

One of the teachers and chairlady of Debate and Press Club, Mrs. Chinyere Nwankwo, in an interview with our reporter described t the managing director as an agile, humble and patient man. “ He is not tired in what he loves to do as shown in  the way he took the children around to show them various segments of the newspaper house and what they do”

  In a vote of thanks, the Chairman of Press club, Christain Aniekwu, thanked the managing director and staff for their warm reception.      “On behalf of the school management, our principal and club members, we appreciate your patience and humility on how you took us round the organisation.

We have been discussing some of what we learnt today in our club meeting, but we have not seen them. We are so happy and pray that God will give you strength to keep making this a better place and actualise your dream”.

  In her response, the Editor, National Light newspapers, Rose Oranye, appreciated the school for identifying with the organisation and encouraged them to continue with the synergy and put in practice what they learnt.

  Speaking on their experiences, David Ezebube and Chidiogo Aforka expressed their happiness as participants. “I thank my school authority for giving us such opportunity and also to you that welcomed us. I advise schools to be taking part in such excursions that will impact indelible experiences,”Aforka said

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