Recently the EJC, together with our local partner AfricaonAir (AoA), held a training course in Mombasa, Kenya on Reporting Development that focused on government tourism policies and their place in overall national development policy. Trainers included AfricaonAir director Joseph Warungu and EJC trainer Hamadou Tidiane Sy of Senegal. Participants came primarily from Kenyan coastal based media around Mombasa, where tourism plays a significant role in that region’s development. Participants represented various media outlets including, the Nation Media Group, Radio Sheki, Radio Salaam, The Star, PiliPili FM, Radio Rahma, and The Coast This Week, among others.
Following completion of the course, all participants received joint EJC—AoA certificates.
In addition, the EJC also held a joint roundtable with its MFS Press Freedom 2.0 Consortium partner, Mensen met een Missie (MM) that featured lively discussions between the EJC journalist participants and the communication officers of MM’s Kenyan partner humanitarian NGOs, and the misconceptions that the two groups often have of one another. The roundtable was moderated by EJC trainer Hamadou Tidiane Sy.
Below are some photos that illustrate highlights of the Mombasa events:
A five-year, international media development initiative, Press Freedom 2.0 aims to support democratic development by empowering civil society, citizens, and local media organisations through the implementation of local media projects. Conducted by a Dutch consortium, the Press Freedom initiative offers a range of trainings and activities specifically tailored to the needs of 11 selected countries.
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.