The School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SOJMC) is the only UNESCO potential Centre of Excellence in Kenya and among the top twelve (12) training institutions in Africa on communication and media. Started in 1970 as a project of UNESCO with support from Denmark, Norway and Austria, the School has been more instrumental in shaping the capacity of the professionals in the communication and media industry than other institutions in the African region.
From its humble beginnings focusing on professional training, the School has grown and expanded it academic base by launching two Bachelors programmes; a Masters programme and a PhD programme. There is a high demand for our programmes are based on their inter-disciplinarity and the blend of intellectual rigour and professional practical induction. Critical thinking, creativity and innovation also undergird the programmes and our graduates leave with a holistic grounding along the four specialisations of Print Journalism; Broadcast Journalism; Public Relations and Development Communication.
The School is currently re-thinking its structure, programmes and collaborations with a view to re-positioning itself in the ever-changing world. Our firm tradition of leadership prevails (please view a sample of our alumni http://journalism.uonbi.ac.ke/sites/default/files/chss/journalism/journalism/SOJMC%20supplement%20final%202.pdf, but will be strengthened through the recently established Centre for Communication and Media Training and Practice (in liaison with the Media Council of Kenya; Ministry of Information and Communication and the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication). It is intended that the synergy between the academy and industry at the Centre through continuous education and research shall be mutually enriching and that this synergy shall transform the landscape of the sector in an enduring fashion.
The School has a population of about 1,600 who are currently enrolled in the following programmes:
Bachelor of Arts (Journalism and Media Studies:http://journalism.uonbi.ac.ke/uon_degrees_details/868 This course has specialisations in with Print Journalism; Broadcast Journalism; Public Relations; and Development Communication). It is grounded in the multidisciplinary approach and provides students with a sound theoretical foundation, blended with practical skills in communication and development.
Bachelor of Arts (Broadcast Production:http://journalism.uonbi.ac.ke/uon_degrees_details/1086 with specialisations in Radio, Television and Film Production. The course targets the provision of skills in developing local content in production as well as contributing to the expansion in the local broadcast production sector.
Master of Arts (Communication Studies:http://journalism.uonbi.ac.ke/uon_degrees_details/867 intended to prepare students for careers in the communication sector, and based on a broad interdisciplinary perspective in communication science, communication research, and communication and development.
Doctor of Philosophy (Communication and Information Studies http://journalism.uonbi.ac.ke/uon_degrees_details/866
This programme orients candidates to the informed and critical application of knowledge to problems and issues concerning communication and information studies disciplines and professions.
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Dr. Wambui Kiai is the Director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Nairobi. She attained her PhD (Anthropology) degree from the University of Nairobi in 2009. She has a Master of Arts degree in Journalism (1990)-from the University of Western Ontario, Canada; a Postgraduate diploma in Mass Communication from the University of Nairobi (1988); and a B.A. (Upper Second Class Honours) from the University of Nairobi (1987). Dr. Kiai has vast training and research experience, in the areas of HIV and AIDS Communication, Gender and Socio-legal issues, Broadcasting, Peace and Conflict Management, and Communication as well as in Specialised Writing. She is an accomplished researcher with diverse experience, having worked for the Association of African Women for Research and Development (AAWORD), Forest Action Network (FAN), African Itinerant College on Culture and Development (AICCD), Women and Law in East Africa (WLEA), and the Centre for Law and Research International (CLARION). She also has solid experience as a trainer, facilitator and convenor of workshops, seminars and conferences, having participated in the conceptualisation and implementation of meetings for institutions such as the University of Western Ontario (with the SOJMC), the Association for Free and Independent Press (AFIP), and the Association of African Women on Research and Development (AAWORD). Additionally, she has been a key convenor of international conferences for the Heinrich Boll Foundation (HBF) gaining valuable organisational and planning skills. As a consultant, Dr. Kiai has worked on evaluations on the Media and Gender components of the Kenya Domestic Observer Programme (K-DOP) for South Consulting, and on Funding opportunities and priorities on Media as related to Human Rights and Good Governance in Kenya for the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA).
Dr. Kiai is a transformative leader having successfully spearheaded the revitalisation of the School, leading to the School being identified as one of the top twelve (12 training institutions in communication and media in Africa by UNESCO in the year 2007, and a UNESCO potential Centre of Excellence. As Director of the School, Wambui led the curriculum development process, which resulted in the launch of three new programmes (with specialisations in Print Journalism; Broadcast Journalism; Public Relations; Development Communication; Radio Production; Television Production; Film Production).
Wambui has served as a council member of the Media Council of Kenya (MCK), where she was the Chairperson of the Training and Accreditation Committee that supervised the MCK Diploma in Journalism (a standard curriculum to be offered in middle level training institutions). She has been a board member of the Media Institute (MI) of Kenya and a research associate of Women and Law in East Africa (WLEA) and the Centre for Law and Research International (CLARION). She is a member of the Kenya Women Holding, the Association of African Women on Research and Development (AAWORD), Association of Media Women in Kenya (AMWIK) and has been a member of the African Council for Communication Education (ACCE).
She has served on judging panels for Media Awards for the Kenya Union of Journalists: and Diageo Africa Business Reporting Awards.