AAUA INSIDER is the first digital media platform which covers the news,events, happenings, creativity of Adekunle Ajashin University Akungba-Akoko, (AAUA), and was launched on the first of November, 2020.
In an interview with the Editor-in-Chief Oluwatosin Ologun, who is also the incumbent President of Nigeria Union of Campus Journalists, Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba-Akoko Ondo State chapter.
Hee said: “AAUA INSIDER was established by the Insider brand, I was actively involved in the establishment of the brand here alongside the Yousuph Adebayo Grey, the Publisher. Apparently, I have been organizing it for the past 12 months now, with the help of the great minds in the brand.”
Mr Oluwatosin said he was inspired to create AAUA INSIDER to report on the intriguing lifestyle embedded in the DNA of AAUA students.
“We were inspired to create a platform that reports on the intriguing lifestyle embedded in the DNA of the students of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko with an approach that screams; this is for us by us; showcasing the best of us and generally amplifying the stories that matters to the student of AAUA. Our essence is an wholesome reportage on every single facet of the AAUA life; the good, the bad and perhaps the ugly.
“We held the most meritorious award ever in this institution. Few weeks ago we bagged our first award — Blogger of the Year — at the Akungba Choice Awards. We have been nominated for more than five awards, but you know, we didn’t get it because we refused to pay for it.”
He added that AAUA INSIDER will be a driving force in the development of the institution.
“The future plan is for AAUA INSIDER to continue to be the leading journalistic telling the stories of AAUA students. We hope to be platform for students that are interested in journalism, and do everything to hone their journalistic skills. For the greater good, AAUA INSIDER will be a driving force to the development of our institution.”
The Editor-in-Chief also noted that being an editor is not a problem to him because of the motivating factors.
“For a journalist, it’s not about the rigorous process getting stories published, it’s about the public good. The impact of stories and the responsibility of information, entertaining and educating AAUA students is the motivating factor. And of course, reporters are always glad.”
He said for the news blog to be the first in breaking news is a motivator on its own just like the story Phillip Anjorin wrote on AAUA Students Union leaders “swallowing” money,
“The Phillip Anjorin’s story about the Students Union leaders ‘swallowing” money is a motivator on its own, We got the story published before FIJ, Sahara Reporters or any other mainstream platform.”
He advised student journalists to stand on the shoulders of great journalists.
“Beyond campus journalism, if at all you won’t be practicing journalism, let it be a matter of choice, and not of incompetence. Stand on the shoulders of great journalists, protect your integrity. Learn, unlearn and relearn. Above all, be true to yourself, then you won’t be false to anyone else.”
Omodolapo Asiata Agboola fondly called Able Alhaja, is a young journalist and broadcaster who has passion for journalism and broadcasting.