“Visions for Nigeria” – Interview with James Olusanmi

Nigeria, in Southwest Africa, is a land troubled by many conflicts and social problems. You probably all heard of the terrorist organization Boko Haram, which riots in the North roughly since 2010. Recently, Nigeria elected a new president, Muhammadu Buhari – a former military dictator (from 1982-1985) who promised to wipe the terrorists out. It is far too early to say in which direction he will lead the country but he has been democratically elected and the change in power was peacefully. Still the country suffers from high poverty, unemployment and inflation – despite the fact that Nigeria is very oil-rich and the biggest market economy in sub-Saharan Africa.

Since about one year I am member of a non-profit organization in Bremen called “Human & Environment”. They work together with a grassroot NGO in Nigeria, founded by James Olusanmi. A few months ago, he was in Bremen and I took the chance to interview him about his home country.

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Social Media and Journalism

I will soon finish my Bachelor thesis. (And if I repeat this sentence often enough it will become true! 🙂 ) I would like to share some of my scientific insights with you. This way this thesis which steals my time and brain capacity for blogging is at least good for something. I am exploring the relationship between journalism and social media. Social media in my definition are all internet-based applications that serve the interaction, connection and relationship building of people. The most common are of course the social network Facebook and the microblogging platform Twitter. But I also include comments or forums on journalistic websites into my work.

I was interested in the question why journalists use social media. What is it good for? Continue reading

About Social Media Trolls

I don’t get it. The intention of these people. The trolls. Who are they? Especially: What’s going wrong with their lives?

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By JNL (Own work)

You know, I use Social Media (in this case Facebook and Twitter) as a sort of personal news channel. As a student of media and communication studies I can tell you this is quite common. So I am the type of user who reads a lot, searches for answers but doesn’t communicate much. In fact, this blog is the big exception. I liked a lot of news media sites on Facebook and Twitter because it’s convenient to see their posts in my timeline and it makes it easy to be up-to-date. But reading the posts beneath certain articles I notice that other people – the other type of user – apparently find their purpose in life doing one thing: Posting stupid shit. Continue reading

Journalism with handicap

Thinking about my internship in Hungary I realized one thing: You can’t be a journalist in a country where you don’t speak the national language, as journalism relies on nothing more than words. Very simple, but I didn’t think about it before. I mean, I was aware of the problem. But I did not really THINK about what it implies. Here’s a few disadvantages I have because I don’t speak Hungarian. Continue reading