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EJC and Kenyan Partner Release Development Reporting Guide for African Journalists

24 November 2015 | PRESS RELEASE


EJC and Kenyan Partner Release Development Reporting Guide for African Journalists
For Immediate Release
24 November 2015 15hCET

Maastricht, the Netherlands - The European Journalism Centre together with Nairobi-based AfricaonAir has released Reporting Development: A Guide for African Journalists, a new publication and resource tailored for media professionals in Africa.

Originally authored by veteran Reuters journalist Oliver Wates, this new version of Reporting Development maintains the original guide’s practical focus on time-honored techniques for producing top quality high-impact development reportages, while heavily localizing for the particular contexts and constraints that many African journalists face regularly.

Edited by AfricaonAir director Joseph Warungu and EJC’s Josh LaPorte and co-authored by former Agence France Press reporter Hamadou Tidiane Sy of Senegal, the Guide aims to act as a key and timely resource at the Pan-African level. Reporting Development includes new sections dedicated to the role of data in development reporting as well as references to the 17 recently agreed United Nations Strategic Development Goals (SDGs).

“Development issues can seem boring and flat but they can create a huge impact in society if turned into lively and robust stories expertly and skillfully told by creative journalists. This handbook explains how,” says Warungu in the foreword.

Reporting Development is broken down into three narrative chapters. The first, “Development As News” introduces journalists to issues of development and stresses the importance and impact of development reporting on society.

The second component titled “Issues”, addresses from a journalistic perspective, current topics and opportunities facing Africa such as climate change, land reform, ICT/telecoms, and infrastructure as well as traditional development themes such as education, health, gender, and agriculture. The third and final one, entitled “How Development Aid Works” discusses the organisations that work to promote the development of nations and how journalists can relate to them.

Reporting Development: A Guide for African Journalists and its release are part of EJC’s multi-year commitment to media development in Kenya, an important component of which includes increasing the local media’s capacity for societal impact.

“The role media can play in bringing visibility to development issues is vital”, says EJC Kenya country manager Josh LaPorte. “Decision-makers, civil society’s agents of change and the public at large, can be strongly influenced and pressured by timely, hard-hitting, compelling and factual development reporting.”

An online version of Reporting Development: A Guide for African Journalists is available for free here.

The project is funded through the MFSII instrument of the Netherlands Foreign Ministry in The Hague. It is part of a much broader global five-year project ‘Press Freedom 2.0’ that includes Dutch-based media partners World Press Photo, Free Press Unlimited and Mensen met een Missie working in 11 countries on five continents.

Photos were provided courtesy of the Thomson Reuters Foundation and Kenyan photojournalist Sami M Khan.

For more information, please contact:

Marjan Tillmans (Project Manager),

European Journalism Centre

Tel: +31 43 325 40 30



Kenya: Raising Development Awareness Through the Media
The lack of in-depth, well-researched, and effective reporting on development issues in Kenya is weakening the media’s capacity to have an impact on the country’s political processes. EJC’s Kenya programme seeks to raise awareness to this problem, offering workshops dedicated to developing practical solutions by promoting relevant, powerful, and effective journalistic storytelling.