Mass Communication Department

Mass Communication Department

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Profile of the Head of Department

Emmanuel S. Dandaura is a Professor of Development Communication, Chairman, Nasarawa State University Public Relations Committee and Member of the Governing Council of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR). He obtained his doctoral degree in development communication from the University of Jos and post-doctoral certifications in document and knowledge systems management from the UK.

For more than two decades, Professor Dandaura has functioned as examiner, assessor, and visiting Professor to many Universities in Africa and Europe. He is a seasoned film director, actor, designer and playwright. His documentaries have won many national and international awards over the years. His recent play Venom for Venom won the Best Playwright Award of the Abuja Writers Forum in 2008. He has served as development communication and creative consultant to the federal and some state governments in Nigeria as well as international donor agencies like Ford Foundation, UNICEF, UNESCO and the Commonwealth Secretariat. Professor Dandaura has many authoritative publications in reputable national & international journals, and books. His recent publication: Development Entertainment in Nigeria, which was published in Germany in 2010 establishes the emerging concept of Development entertainment within the broader spectrum of Development Communication discourse.

Permanent Home Address: Akwanga, Nasarawa State.
Residential: NSUK Staff Quarters, Main Campus
Office: Mass Communication Complex, Faculty of Arts, NSU, Keffi
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Brief History of the Department of Mass Communication

The Senate of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, established the Department of Mass Communication in October 2005. Over the years, it has trained young men and women who have gone on to make important contributions to the practice of journalism and mass communication.

Considering the increasing number of broadcasting stations and the expanding number of newspapers / magazines, advertising and public relations firms in the country, the Department has positioned itself as the most reliable center of academic excellence. the curriculum is driven by the need to produce highly skilled professionals to significantly address the urgent need for increased manpower in the Nigerian Mass Communication industries.

To enhance the acquisition of reporting and writing skills, the Department publishes a training newspaper, campus mirror, and a magazine, Campus Icon. Similarly, its broadcast station : Campus Fm 101.1 provides a fertile ground for the hands-on training of the Mass Communication students. The new Television studio encourages practical application of techniques in television programming and production. Furthermore, students are required to go for industrial attachment in media houses around the country twice in the 4-year degree programme.

The Department is blessed with highly qualified teaching staff whose productivity is research driven. in 2009, the Department’s graduated it pioneer set of fifty-five students. Over the years, the Department has kept its high profile by annually attracting the most number of applications among the seven departments in the Faculty of Arts.

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