Youths Guide is a newsbreak that breaks what it means and means what it breaks
In justifying reasons for the establishment of this online newspaper, what should readily be the First Boast which we should hoist is the flag of Responsibility.
This should also manifest in the display of the spirit of public service. And it should not (so much) be for the simple reason of having the potentials to muster up some communal propaganda that may result in high patronage and keep the newspaper in business as of the much-needed reason for restraints and sense of ethics in news handling and in media operation.
Regrettably, the former appears to be the major consideration responsible for the emergence of some newspapers, and this has accounted for the “success” story by which they have kept themselves in business.
“Newspapermen do exist who would lay down the line that anything is justifiable as long as a newspaper is able to stay in business. It is not. If that were true, the old New York Graphic of disreputable memory with its faked pictures and daily ladling of the scum of the news would have survived as a mighty power in Journalism. Although it attained 700,000 circulations, it died because people of substance and responsibility would have nothing to do with it and advertisers knew it”
And as there is no News table containing a hard and fast rule about what is news and what is not, media analysts have agreed that the hall mark of a newspaper’s individuality resides in the ability of its editor to try for a fresh approach to news towards showing that his own newspaper is not like the other and will not even pretend to be so.
Hence the style is the man as the man himself is the style and for which reason the Youths Guide would live by the golden journalism rule of being true to itself, justifying its name and earning its motto as well as its logo.
No doubt names portend abridged biography or summation of the life story of men or a thing, and it is on the fulcrum of such mark or brand that the future and destiny of the bearer is secured or guaranteed prophetically while the vision that encapsulates its formation or being is laid open to give the bearer direction, purpose and mission.
Conversely, when one judges from the gargantuan challenges implied by the name Youths guide (breaking through the newsbreak), one cannot resist likening it to the proverbial head of an elephant which is never a load for the small head.
This is because, within the metaphor of the name resides the identity, purpose, aim and vision which the media ownership holds dear and stands for, even in view of the heavy responsibilities by which path, Youths Guide and its operators are breaking forth, towards setting agenda and living by the letter and spirit of the NEWSBREAK.
And to break what it means and mean what it breaks (being the motto of Youths Guide) the Newspaper is not only demonstrating integrity in its operation, but more importantly emphasizing knowledge along with it because integrity alone is not sufficient unless it coexists with knowledge.
As we are also in a world in which change is the only permanent thing, even in a world in which the renown media Analyst, Ruth Black observes that ‘the changing reader keeps changing again and again”, the Youths Guide, as Chief agent of change must endeavor to become the change it wants in the society, hence the change from the old tradition to the new Beat.
William B. Dickson once told a gathering of editors the home truth; “we have become accustomed to covering Beats like fire disasters, the city hall, the courts, the crime, the chamber of commerce and so on, but we are not yet accustomed to covering the New Beat; the coverage of the very people transforming our world- The scientists, The Politicians, The Physicians, The Ministers of God, The Planners and The great thinkers of our time”.
Thus, the Youths Guide is breaking forth into people-oriented news rather than over emphasizing event-oriented stories.
An as Youths Guide, breaking through the newsbreak is paradoxically in the equivalence of a law breaker, the Newspaper is a genius who breaks the rules proverbially and yet excels.
And as the genius, against whom the hostility of the university system is directed, we are furthering the cause of fomenting change in the status quo by further inverting the inverted pyramids in the editorial polity, bringing the man who is closest to the facts (The Reporter) to the fore while allowing him to determine the fate of the editor who can best draw the best out of him managerially. This is in line with the globalization era in which all forms of waste are reduced or eliminated while profitability in media industry becomes the order of the business.
In this regard, the temptation to quote copiously from the 1989 brain storming session (on the future of Journalism in the 21st century) among the trio of Pulitzer award winning Editorial Freedman, Lynne Carrier, Editorial Writer for The Tribune, San Diego and Professor Tayo Olafioye becomes irresistible here:-
“… the next century is going to be the century when people coming from different cultures and different backgrounds less privilege than we, will take the tools that we have developed in this country and use them for things that Americans can’t imagine.