Mr. Mitchell Obi, President of International Sports Press Association (AIPS), AIPS Africa, has called on sports journalists, to be truthful, accurate, fair and balanced in performing their duties.

Mr. Obi said, said everybody wants to be heard in the modern dispensation, but the chosen ones would always glitter and stand out among the lot.

Delivering on the topic on ethics and sports journalism, at a seminar organized by the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) and AIPS Africa, he said training was very important and journalists must get their facts right before presenting to the public.

Mr. Obi who also stood in for ace Nigerian sports journalist and astute administrator, Aisha Falode, advised young sports journalists to be sincere in this digital age of social media and stand out as the best while carrying their duties.

He urged experienced journalists to set the agenda and be in the forefront in the quest for better development.

He noted that journalism has not changed, but rather the tools and journalists should take advantage to improve upon their work.

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