Kenya

Kenya: Journalism Training (2006)

Knight International Journalism Fellow Karen Rothmyer completed five months of journalism training in Kenya in 2006, partnering with the University of Nairobi.

Oct 232010

Scientists and Journalists Working Together

Editors Blog: Knight Fellow Rachel Jones emphasizes the importance of scientists and journalists working together.

How many researchers does it take to switch on the "lightbulb" of insight about the benefits of learning to talk to reporters?

About 20. And it really helps when one of them is the lead researcher on the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Impact Study (PCVIS), Dr. Anthony Scott.

Oct 232010

With the Push of a Button, A New Era Begins

Editors Note: Knight Fellow Rachel Jones talks about the new possibilities after receiving more than $43,000 for a new Health and Science Writers' Association.When I pushed the button on an email application for a Wellcome Trust Public Engagement grant back in late April, I was thinking a lot about the direction my Knight Health Fellowship would take in the months to come.

Kenya: Journalism Training (2001)

Knight International Journalism Fellow Michael Beardsley completed three months of journalism training in Kenya in 2001, partnering with the Mohamed Amin Foundation.

Kenya: Journalism Training (1996)

Knight International Journalism Fellow Charles H. Bogino completed five months of journalism training in Kenya in 1996 partnering with the University of Nairobi.

Kenya: Journalism Training (1998)

Knight International Journalism Fellow Pamela D'Angelo completed one year of journalism training in Kenya in 1998, partnering with The Nation Newspaper Group.

Kenya: Promote Better Health Coverage, Better Policies

The Kenya Alliance of Health and Science Reporters (KAHSR), a journalism association launched by Knight International Journalism Fellow Rachel Jones, now offers regular training workshops and resources on topics such as new vaccines, children’s health and agricultural research. The association is supported by a grant from the London-based Wellcome Trust. At Alliance workshops, journalists can interact with the country’s leading medical researchers and scientists.

Kenya: Boosting Business Reporting, Tanzania: Boosting Rural Coverage

In Tanzania, Knight International played an advisory role in the creation of the Tanzania Media Fund, an organization that trains journalists and funds reporting projects around the country. Knight Fellow Karen Rothmyer also worked with HakiElimu, a local non-profit group that was a model for the Fund. These projects have enabled urban reporters to cover the countryside in ways never done before.

Rothmyer also worked in Kenya with a start-up: the independent newspaper The Nairobi Star.

Sep 212010

Measuring Impact

I’m thinking a lot about the definition of the word “impact” these days. When I reflect on my past two years in Kenya, the meaning might seem clear at first.

“Just what the heck is different about Kenyan media since my plane touched down in late June 2008?" Wow, that question almost felt egomaniacal as I typed it! How can one person expect to exert enough influence to quantify a tangible impact on an entire country’s media? In one year, or two….or 10, for that matter?

Sep 112010

CONVERGING IMPACT: NTV and Daily Nation join forces on health policy coverage

If this looks like a tightly cropped shot, it really isn't. The actual room where this scene took place was only about a 10 by 8 foot space tucked away in a back office at Webuye Hospital, Bungoma District, about two hours from Kisumu, Kenya.

This setting mirrors hundreds of hospitals and clinics in Western Kenya, where every day, thousands of children develop severe symptoms of diarrheal disease. It happens because they live in villages and towns where there’s scarce access to clean water.