Knight International Journalism Fellowships

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. She helped the newspaper develop its dedicated business section.


  • Initiated a code of conduct for journalists at the newspaper.

  • An editorial about the president's low profile during the post-election violence prompted him to make his first public appearance.

  • Continuing to serve on board of the Tanzania Media Fund.

  • Serving as regular adviser to The Nairobi Star.