AMWIK in partnership with the Media Council of Kenya (MCK) conducted a training on election reporting for Nairobi-based journalists at the Hilton Hotel. The journalists were taught various measures to undertake and apply during election coverage to prevent the escalation of conflict and how to ensure that they are reporting information that is ethical in a gender-sensitive way during the election process. They were also trained on safety and security measures to observe during election coverage.
Media Trainer, Julian Kamau, explained to them how to mitigate conflict when reporting by taking a ‘do no harm’ approach and being objective rather than subjective. AMWIK Executive Director, Judie Kaberia stressed that the information journalists relay to the public should be unbiased, verified, accurate, and objective even though there is a rush feeling to be the first to break news.
She also emphasized the importance of adhering to gender-sensitive reporting, reminding them that gender was not only about women. “Ensure that you follow the ethical code of reporting news. Be accountable and responsible while keeping your safety a priority.” She added.
Julius Sigei, MCK’s Senior Officer of Training Standards and Curriculum Development, extolled AMWIK for its integral role in the development of media standards in the country while tackling sensitive issues affecting journalists such as sexual harassment and advocating for more women in the decision-making roles in media.
Rhalia Gabo, a host at Sema Radio who attended the training termed it impactful saying, “I am grateful for MCK and AMWIK for creating such an opportunity. Since it will be my first time covering elections, I have learned that my safety comes first and the importance of joining a professional body.”
Nissi Imano, a journalist at the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) also pointed out that the training had granted her the opportunity to learn and relearn about election coverage. “I have learned that the information I pass to the public should be credible and verified and careful not to fan conflict”, she said.
The training which will also be conducted in Meru and Nakuru counties in July aims to mobilize journalists to consider the necessary precautions taken for peaceful election coverage.
By Lavender Ivannah- Intern