Ex Ogun Commissioner, Sina Kawonise Floats Online Newspaper
By Segun Peters
There is no doubting the fact that print journalism is losing its grip as far as dissemination of information is concerned in present day Journalism as the social media are gradually taking over information dissemination.
It is also a fact that newspapers readership among Nigerian youths has drastically reduced, compared to what it used to be some years back. Research also revealed that about 140million Nigerians now have access to internet services which make it possible for them to read news and get information easily.
However, major newspapers and magazines have in the recent times gone on-line as they carry out most their news reporting on the internet because of low sales. For instance, Punch newspapers recently complained bitterly that it hardly sell 15,000 copies out of 30,000 hard copies of newspaper produced per day and this is attributed to the preference of readers accessing news on the internet.
As a result of this new trend in the print media in Nigeria, a former Commissioner for Information under the government of Gov. Gbenga Daniel in Ogun State and Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate in Ogun State in the last elections, Mr Adesina Kawonise has also ventured into online journalism. The online platform is called News Scroll and can be access through the web address- www.newsscrollngr.com.
Kawonise, an indigene of Ijebu North in Ogun State had his first degree in sociology in the then Ogun State University now called Olabisi Onabanjo University and had his M.sc in sociology in University of Ibadan.
A part-time lecturer in the department of sociology Olabisi Onabanjo University, Kawonise is also a journalist, public affairs commentator, columnist, media consultant and former Managing Director/Editor-in-chief Nigerian Compass Newspaper.