About us

Internews Network is well established in Kenya as a provider of journalism training and media capacity building.Â

Since 2003, more than 500 journalists and civil society organizations have benefitted from the 'Local Voices/Voices in Health' program that aims to harness the power of media to inform and sensitize radio, TV, print, mainstream and community audiences about HIV and AIDS. Meanwhile, two conflict-sensitive programs have been completed to support a more professional response to the post-election violence of 2008.

A Platform to extend a Training Program

This Ushahidi platform aims at networking Kenyan journalists and exchanging conflict-sensitive content especially from Nairobi, Rift Valley and Nyanza provinces.

It is natural extension of the Land & Conflict Sensitive Journalism program which intends to strengthen the capacity of community and vernacular radio stations to serve the information needs of conflict-affected communities, and to improve citizens understanding of the National Accord and Reconciliation Agreement (NARA) implementation process.

Conflict-Sensitive Content

Journalists agree to share conflict sensitive content. They send SMS composed like headlines and emails composed like stories and this content is charted on Google Maps. When journalists will be familiar with the application, Internews will open up the platform to other trained journalists and supplement the system with the posting of radio features.

Internews would like participant journalists to share stories from the field and stories that they find relevant as far as the conflict-sensitive journalism methodology is concerned. For instance they can include potential conflict stories, reconciliation stories, IDPs stories, Democracy & Governance related stories, and Agenda 4 related stories (constitution, institutional reforms, land, unemployment, youth, consolidation of national unity, accountability etc).

Reasons for journalists to participate in the network

* Because the network will facilitate news gathering. It means that the production of newscasts will be easier and the national coverage of news development will be also improved.

* Because journalists will find many story ideas especially from the grassroots level.

* Because Kenyan journalists will be responsive to news developments in the country, e.g. in the run up to the August, 4 2010 constitutional referendum.

* Because stories will be exposed to a wide audience.

The Internews Land & Conflict Sensitive Journalism project in Kenya is funded by the United States Agency for International Development.