Communication students enlightened on career by media practitioners

By Najmi Mamat

GOMBAK, 11 March 2017: New challenges await those who choose to work in contemporary media industry, but they ought to have strong passion and clear objective to drive them as practitioners to value career as the ultimate non-material goal, students were told in a special talk on Friday (10 March).

Students were given a chance to meet with two young male media practitioners, Muhammad Anwar Afiq and Khairul Wasiril Aswad, in a talk organised by the Communication electronic media students from 9 until 11 a.m. at Mini Auditorium.

The event was aimed at giving students the exposure to real contemporary media industry and to enhance their skills in organising events for their betterment in the future, according to programme manager, Syakir Nizam.

Not unfamiliar with Jejak Rasul Assalam’, a TV programme shown on Media Prima’s TV3, Anwar Afiq was a former TV host back then in 2015 and 2016.

Meanwhile, Wasiril Aswad is well known with his own style in presenting TV show ‘Kongsi Berita’ on TV Al-Hijrah.

Throughout the two-hour session, Wasiril Aswad shared his experience of being a broadcast journalist. Interestingly, he mentioned about tips on how to apply the ‘5Ws 1H’ technique, usually being practised by journalists in real life situation.

“I used this module for my life to assist me in identifying the strength, to understand the perspective of other people, and to have a plan. The more perspective you could find, the more understanding you would get.”

He described the reality of working in media industry, where he said the paid salary is high as expected by common people, but it is not that much compared to the big effort and full contribution given to the career.

“Valuing the career as money gained is actually the factor that limits a person to do well in the job, but by valuing ourselves at our own rate would reveal our own potential.

“That’s why what you really need is passion, which is the only thing which drives you to perform well, it is not the money,” Wasiril Aswad added.

Unlike Wasiril Aswad, Anwar Afiq did not have any basic background working in the media industry. However, as he discovered his own talent, it is the thing that insisted him to explore new things. He really enjoys working in this industry as he thinks that this is also a good platform for him to spread the da’wah. Not only hosting but singing also becomes one of his fortes and he believes this approach could attract people who love listening to music.

Anwar Afiq told the audiences that he was a former medical technician in hospital, which only involved handling of machines. Luckily, his contribution in volunteerism had driven him to get involved with media industry as a traveller host.

He emphasised on the importance of exploration, regardless of any course or field, where students should explore many things by doing them, not only by reading books. His passion of travelling and exploring have assisted him to be a person who keeps planning for the future.

After being a TV host of ‘Jejak Rasul Assalam’ for approximately two years, Anwar Afiq sees himself as an inspirer, a teacher and also a writer in the future.

He expressed the hope that he could be back with working on television programme as he is now learning in editorial field. Currently, he is busy promoting his first book titled ‘The 7000 Miles: Jalan Yang Baharu’. ***


Najmi Mamat

Najmi Mamat, or Najmi Syahiran Mamat is a Journalism student, who is working as Senior Journalist at IIUMToday (university news portal) and currently being in the position of Managing Editor. Besides having a position as a news anchor at its bulletin production, he is actively participating in theater performances and in love with photography as well as travelling and vlogging. He works as a part-timer of event emcee too. Travel. Student. Notebook.

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2 thoughts on “Communication students enlightened on career by media practitioners

  1. Great write up bro Najmi! Congratulations to all of you! Really comprehensive 360 angle indeed. Instead of just ending at the event, u went on and make a write up about it, cant wait to see u in the media industries my bro!

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