The Gist Magazine/Newspaper, a new stable in the media industry in Rivers State, witnessed a momentous event as the official inauguration of its very own chapel under the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) took place on Monday, September 18, 2023, at their office premises, No. 2 Arochukwu Street, off Nzimiro Street in Port Harcourt.
The inauguration ceremony was a demonstration of unity, commitment, and camaraderie amongst the journalists and staff of Gist Magazine/Newspaper. It marked a significant step towards fostering stronger bonds within the profession and promoting ethical journalism within the state.
The Rivers State Chairman of NUJ, Comrade Job Stanley Job led other Executive members of the union to the event, including State Chairperson of National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Mrs. Susan Serekara and other personalities, to offer their support and encouragement.
In her opening speech, the Publisher of Gist Magazine/Newspaper, Mrs. Fulton Sotonye Toby emphasized the importance of the NUJ chapel in promoting the welfare of journalists and enhancing professional standards. She expressed her gratitude to all those who played pivotal roles in the establishment of the chapel and called for a continued commitment to the ideals of journalism.
Mrs. Toby described the inauguration as a comeback having been previously inaugurated in time past. She disclosed that the distinctive circumstance arose due to the newspaper’s prior disappearance and subsequent resurgence
State Chairman of NUJ, Comrade Stanley Job Stanley in his speech, commended Gist Magazine/Newspaper for taking the bold step in establishing the Chapel and encouraged the members to uphold the principles of truth, accuracy, and fairness in their reporting.
A formal swearing-in ceremony followed, presided over by the NUJ State Chairman, who administered the oath of office to the newly elected executives which comprised of Amaike Ihuoma Okoronkwo (Chairman), Johnmartin Ijere (Secretary) and Dormene C Mbea (Treasurer).
Speaking on behalf of executive members of the new chapel, Chairman of Gist Magazine/Newspaper, Mr. Amike pledged to uphold the ethics of journalism and work tirelessly for the betterment of the profession and the community.
He expressed gratitude to the entire Gist Magazine/Newspaper team, NUJ officials, and attendees for their support and encouragement.
Mr. Amike outlined the chapel’s plans for the future, highlighting initiatives aimed at enhancing professional development and creating a positive impact on society through responsible journalism.
The inauguration ceremony concluded with a networking session and a dinner, providing an opportunity for attendees to engage in constructive discussions, share experiences, and strengthen professional relationships.
The Gist Magazine/Newspaper Chapel of the NU J is now poised to make significant contributions to the journalism landscape in Rivers State and beyond, guided by the principles of integrity, accuracy, and fairness.