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UoN journalism students to benefit from mentorship programme

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Dr. Ndeti Ndati, Director, University of Nairobi’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, speaks at the launch of the mentorship programme.

A group of female students from the University of Nairobi’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SoJMC) will benefit from a four -month mentorship programme sponsored by the United States of America Embassy in Kenya.

The mentorship programme which was launched on June, 8, 2016, aims at equipping the students with the much needed skills to practice journalism. In addition, the students will be mentored by senior women journalists, preparing them for life in a newsroom, after graduating from campus. The mentorship programme seeks to bring up more women to positions of management in the media industry.

Speaking during the launch, the Director, SoJMC, Dr. Ndeti Ndati, thanked the Embassy for initiating the mentorship programme and for choosing to work with the University of Nairobi. He expressed optimism that the mentorship programme would be extended to other students from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.  

Capital FM’s Ms. Olive Burrows, urged the students to embrace change and be prepared to work in an evolving news environment. She expressed the need for the young journalists to be versatile and be prepared to work across the spectrum, from television, to radio, to print to online platforms like websites and social media.

Ms. Rachael Nakitare, from the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, urged the students to embrace teamwork. She noted that it is very hard to succeed in TV production without the joint efforts of other players like script writers, cameramen, sound technicians, editors, make-up artists among others.

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