Thursday , 25 July 2013

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How mentoring boosted my career in journalism

539340_10151233557947702_361083328_nMy long walk with the media started at Metro FM after I graduated from Daystar University in the early part of this century. I was the love doctor on the Metro love zone.

But despite building a reasonable following and playing great love ballads which I enjoyed tremendously, there was no hiding that the show was indeed a graveyard shift…I would work until midnight and then fight for space in the then face-me-style KBC vans that dropped all of us home!

It is then that I got an opportunity to attend an Internews in Kenya training in health feature production. It was a great opportunity. Since they had a media resource center I could access the internet for free and make phone calls. This was a bonanza for me since I have always been an infomaniac…I would spend time surfing the web and coming up with gems for my love show; the hardest I have ever worked. How it never translated into top ratings is a mystery to me and a story for another day. Read More »

Likes and votes: social media following is a terrible way to judge political contests

TwittervsVotes The just concluded General Election in Kenya was one of the most contested elections in the country’s history.

The ‘battle’ was fought on multiple fronts: from traditional door-to-door vote hunting to flying choppers branded in different coalition colours, to the manifestos, to traditional media, and not to forget, the social media. Of all these fronts, social media stands out as the one field where, regardless of the candidate’s actual popularity or depth of purse, one could compete. Read More »

Data and depth can save print media from looming death

As a student of journalism, I have spent the last few years fretfully thinking about the death of print journalism, the chosen track of my craft in storytelling.

On Dec 31 last year, Newsweek  published its last print issue, bringing to an end the publication’s 79-year triumph as a print publication. In the last few years, the weekly had been making losses going into millions of dollars every year.

After such successive losses, the Washington Post Company sold Newsweek for 1$ in 2010, with the buyer, Sidney Harman, also assuming the liabilities of the weekly. Now the print publication has closed shop. Read More »