Saturday, 01 Jun 2013

Internews fetes Mombasa journalists

By Sammy Muraya, Internews in Kenya

“I never thought that I would win a journalism award and I am very happy,” said Ali Maingu after he was declared the winner of the Best Election Story award at the Internews in Kenya TalkCheck awards.
The Radio Salaam journalist was among 50 journalists, 11 editors, and eight civil society members who received conflict sensitive journalism training under the five-month TalkCheck program. Specifically, training included a focus on conflict sensitive vocabulary, and objective and ethical reporting
“I have been working for ten years - five as a teacher and the other five as a journalist. Despite being a teacher I seriously enjoyed the training that I got from Internews because I didn’t feel like I was in class. I learnt a lot,” said Maingu.
The winning story was done on an Internews in Kenya travel grant to Kwale County along the Kenya/Tanzania border. It focused on the residents understanding of the new governance structures created under the Constitution.
The intervention program aimed at countering hate speech at the Coast after conflict mapping ahead of the March 4 General Election found that the region faced a high risk of pre- election and post-election violence.
“I am so excited. I have never won any journalism award, this is my first one and I am very happy,” said Pilipili FM journalist Gentrix Oduor, on winning the Social Media Story award.
“There were over 70 entries and we had our hands full the two days we convened to select the winners. The categories were very competitive and we had a tough time deciding the winners,” said Simon Katee the lead judge and head of programs at the Juhudi Community Support Center, an NGO based at the Coast.
Over 20 journalists were awarded laptops, recorders, cameras and smart phones at the ceremony which was held at the Mombasa Beach Hotel on May 17. The event marked the end of the program.
Here is the full list of winners and their stations:

Best Land Story

  1. Grace Shalli - Anguo FM, Voi
  2. John Mwangi - The People Daily
  3. Osborne Munga - Sifa Radio, Voi

Best Elections Story

  1. Ali Maingu, Radio Salaam
  2. Grace Akoth, Pwani FM
  3. Osborn Munga, Sifa Radio, Voi

Best Devolution Story

  1. Amina Chombo, Radio Kaya, Kwale
  2. Salim Chiro, Pwani FM
  3. Halima Mwakurauka, Radio Salaam

Best Religion Story

  1. Teddy Tinga, Radio Kaya, Kwale
  2. Solomon Muingi, Mwanedu FM, Voi
  3. Nelson Okello Ojijo, Baraka FM

Best Conflict Sensitive Story

  1. Diana Wanyonyi, Baraka FM
  2. Hellen Chanzera, Sheki FM
  1. Beatrice Maganga, Radio Maisha
  2. Ferdinard Omondi, KTN

Best Inter-Community Relations Story

  1. Charity Chigulu, Radio Rahma
  2. Weldon Kipkemboi, Baraka FM
  1. Josephat Kioko, Baraka FM
  2. Amos Saleh, Anguo FM, Voi
Best Arts & Culture in Devolution Story

  1. Salim Chiro, Pwani FM
  2. Josephat Kioko, Baraka FM

Best Social Media Story

  1. Gentrix Oduor, Pilipili FM
  2. Asha Bekidusa, Radio Salaam

Best Election Editorial Plan

  1. Ibrahim Mohamed, Radio Salaam
  2. Salim Mwamboni, Radio Ranet, Kwale
  3. Josphat Kioko, Baraka FM

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