HIVOS and AMWIK conducted a 3-day training and mentorship event for journalists drawn from Mombasa, Nakuru, Makueni, Elgeyo Marakwet and Nandi Counties on investigative journalism and accurate reporting on public finance management issues.
The training aimed to encourage the production of investigative stories centred around the allocation, procurement, and utilization of funds set aside for Covid-19 relief in Kenya’s counties.
The training covered topics such as financial management of funds, investigative methods, and ethical reporting, and the mentorship component will offer ongoing support to the journalists as they develop their topics and work on their stories.
The scrutiny of COVID-19 funds is crucial as significant amounts were allocated to the counties to address the crisis. Through their reporting, the trained journalists trained will bring transparency and accountability to the allocation and utilization of these funds, thereby combating corruption and abuse of power.
During the event, AMWIK ED Patience Nyange and Media Council of Kenya’s Victor Bwire handed over safety press jackets to enhance safety and security as they covered their stories.
By supporting county-based journalists and promoting transparency and accountability, AMWIK hopes to make a significant impact on the quality of journalism in Kenya and the fight against corruption.