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How to work in large media? Top-5 qualities a journalist needs to have

The media is saddled with the responsibility of informing, interpreting, instructing, bonding, and also entertaining the general public. The media is also seen as the gatekeeper which means it affects or controls the information that gets to the public.

Legit.ng took the Nigerian media sphere by storm eight years ago when it launched as Naij.com. It grew to become the 7th overall most visited site in Nigeria by Alexa. Legit.ng has been leading the way by keeping Nigerians informed about major events and developments in the country in a timely manner since its inception.

Working in a media house like Legit.ng demands some more from its editors.

According to Legit.ng's managing director, Goke Olaegbe: "Anyone can write. As long as you can remember that you need a topic, subject and the most important part of the puzzle, the “reader”. If you can write, does that make you a writer perhaps invariably, a journalist if that is your passion?"

How to work in large media? Top-5 qualities a journalist needs to have

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Other qualities include a curious mind that can connect the dots, he must be fearless in the face of adversities, reliable to uphold the truth only, and a great command of communication skill set.

According to David Brewer, a journalist must have integrity, courage, good communication skills, analytical and investigative skills, and must be tech-savvy.

Good communication skills and thorough knowledge:

A journalist must have good control of the language used by your trade. He must also have a deep knowledge of the news piece he is working on. With effective communication skills and background knowledge, from other news sources, you can extract needed information for a story and write in-depth stories and reports.

Aside from a degree in journalism and communication, every journalist needs an internship to understudy the style guide of his place of work as every media house has its peculiar style of reporting news.

At Legit.ng, every new staff undergoes mentorship to familiarise himself/herself with the in-house style for a period of at least three months.


Fairness, objectivity, and honesty are the core factors that need to be put in every story. A journalist is expected to report accurate and reliable information to the public without being biased or sentimental.

Legit.ng managing director noted: "To be a journalist, there are several qualities you must possess. First on the list is, to be honest. A journalist who upholds the qualities of integrity and honesty will write unbiased articles."

How to work in large media? Top-5 qualities a journalist needs to have

Goke Olaegbe, managing director, Legit.ng
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A journalist should be able to ask questions without fear of intimidation or consequence. He must be bold to ask tough and deeper questions. Courage is important when reporting from the scene of events.

At Legit, we create content that enriches Nigerians' lives. Our team has been to slums to get first-hand information on how people live there. They had waited late into the night to receive Nigerians coming in from Libya among several others.

Analytical and investigative skills:

A journalist must have a nose for news. According to Magda-Fadil, director at Media Unlimited: “Curiosity, critical thinking, a hunger for news, a burning desire to tell a good story, regardless of the medium or platform, and a dedication to accuracy, fairness, balance and media ethics would be a good start.”

In Legit we focus on fast delivery, careful fact-check, expert opinion, and analysis


With the advent of technology and social media, journalism has taken a new dimension. They have become a major part of the media lately thus the need to have the technical know-how on navigating on the internet.

Legit is the #1 online news and entertainment platform in Nigeria making use of technology and social media.

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