We and our Kenyan partner AfricaonAir implemented in May our first Reporting Development workshop to specialise on a specific development theme - agriculture. We had eight journalists from different media houses all based in the provinces and representing different platforms - radio, print and Online. The 3 day training ran from 13 - 15 May. In keeping with the practical hands-on approach to our training, for one of the days, trainers took the group on a field trip just outside Nairobi where we visited and spoke to a a very inspirational farmer who started his farming business with just $6 and it’s now worth more than $100,000. The farmer is now exporting his poultry farming technology to other African countries like Burundi, Zambia and South Sudan. The journalists were extremely happy with the field visit, which gave them a story or two to do that will form the basis of our group work later on. The trip also generated ideas for more stories on agriculture.
AfricaonAir trainees observe quail chicks at Kaki Village Enterprise owned by Geoffrey Kago (left) during a visit to his farm just outside Nairobi, Tuesday 14 May, as part of a course on reporting agriculture.
Allan Obiero, a radio reporter, tests the weight of a bird during a field visit to Kaki Village Enterprise just outside Nairobi as part of a course on reporting agriculture organised by AfricaonAir.
Journalists Allan Obiero and Petronilla Wangui interacting with birds during a field visit to Kaki Village Enterprise just outside Nairobi, as part of a course on reporting agriculture organised by AfricaonAir.
MFSII - Press Freedom 2.0
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.
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.