Journalists and media workers brought together under the virtual group Media People Bamenda have done introspection on the reporting of the ongoing socio political crisis in the North West Region. Meeting during what was christened “Conversations Served best with Coffee: Dare to be Different”, the media men and women did self-examination and concluded that very little has been done different from what is constantly seen on Facebook, WhatsApp or other social media platforms where everyone can share information. With very few very well researched articles from Bamenda, a majority of the journalists and media professionals said they shy away from reporting on the crisis because there is a lot on social media and so publishing wouldn’t make much difference.

With this in mind Nestor Njodzefe NW Bureau Chief for the Median noted “Media People in Bamenda have sinned against the profession and fallen short of the trust of the population.”  This was generally agreed with the journalists and media workers either going with the oppressor or with the oppressed.
Without any research, many journalists and media workers also found themselves doing what everyone does; “forwarded as received.”
The fact that many news organs based out of the region prefer to send their reporters to the town to report means either Bamenda journalists and media workers put very little facts online or they are not doing any work at all.
The initiators of “Conversations Served best with Coffee: Dare to be Different” Wanchia Cynthia Journalists with CBS Bamenda and Comfort Mussa coordinator of Sisterspeak237.com encouraged colleagues to use as many media platforms as possible to publish their content in a bid to tell the Bamenda Story better than anyone else.
Aliah Atonji Public Relations officer to the Bafut Council who also attended noted “we are either journalists by processing information well, package it before giving it out or we become activists, sympathizers, lost people etc. the session was great. The choice is now ours to decide if we are taking up the challenge or lye on our laurels and wait for manner from heaven.” Replying to Ndefru Milanie Station Manager of the Wum Community radio and others who fears the unknown in the discharge of her duties as a journalist, Aliah said “it is not too late to still pick up the pieces, overcome the fear syndrome and continue saying the stories exactly as they are as our contribution towards nation building.”
The journalists and media workers have resolve to hit the airwaves and flood the pages of newspapers and internet news sources with Bamenda stories that can drive change in a fourth night.
Derick BAKAH

Derick BAKAH

Bakah Derick is a Broadcast Presenter and Multimedia specialist with focus on sharing with the rest of the world the daily happenings in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. You can contact us on +237 675460750 or debakah2004@gmail.com.

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