The Governing Council, Lagos State University (LASU), has confirmed Sunday Olayinka Alawode as the first ever Professor of Broadcast Journalism in the 37-year history of the institution.
Before his confirmation, Alawode, an erudite scholar of communication, was an Associate Professor at the School of Communication and heads the Department of Broadcasting with a lot of research works on the field to his credit.
They include; ‘Nigerian Nollywood Films and National Interest, a Content Analysis; ‘Video Films and Sex/Sexuality Innovation among Undergraduates in Lagos’, among others.
The Senate of LASU, at its 98th statutory meeting held on the 9th of July, 2000, approved the recommendations of an 11-man committee, to set up the LASU School of Communication (LASUSOC). Full academic activities began on June 5, 2001 during the 2000/2001 academic session, with the following degree programmes: Print Journalism, Book Publishing and Development; Communication Technology; Human Communication, Photojournalism and Cinematography, Public Relations and Advertising, and Radio and Television Broadcast.
In 2008, in line with the National Universities Commission (NUC) recommendations, the seven programmes in the school were collapsed to one, (B.Sc. Mass Communication), while the school was restructured along three academic departments, Journalism, Broadcasting and Public Relations and Advertising Departments.
The school now awards bachelor’s degree (B.Sc. Mass Communication), Postgraduate Diploma (Communication Studies);
academic master’s degree (M.Sc Communication Studies); professional master’s degree (Masters in Communication Studies-MCS) and doctorate degree (PhD Communication Studies).