The School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SOJMC) will collaborate with Germany’s DW Akademie.
The collaboration will see DW Akademie’s alumni mentor SOJMC’s students, support training modules and workshops.
The partnership was revealed during a public forum organized by the two institutions on Friday, November 18, 2016 at the ED 213 lecture Hall.
Speaking during the Forum, Director SOJMC, Dr. Ndeti Ndati said that the partnership will be a great opportunity for students to directly interact and learn from experienced local and international journalists. Dr. Ndati also said that SOJMC was determined to work with more like-minded partners to foster professionalism in the media industry.
While welcoming the initiative, DW Akademie Country Coordinator, Ms. Jutta vom Hofe said that the DW alumni were committed to giving back to the society by promoting high professional standards among journalists and advocating for media sustainability.
The two-hour public forum on, “Corruption in Media” provided an avenue for scholars, journalists and DW Akademie Alumni to share personal encounters with corruption while working in the media industry. The general consensus was that while corruption was rampant in media, it was up to journalists to uphold ethical values and professionalism while in line of duty in order to maintain a fair and balanced coverage of public interest stories.
DW Akademie is Deutsche Welle's international center for media development, media consulting and journalism training. It offers training and consulting services to partners around the world. It works with broadcasting stations, media organizations, and universities especially in developing- and transition countries to promote free and independent media.
The DW Akademie Country Coordinator accompanied by Mr. Charles Achaye-Odong DW Akademie’s Senior Advisor, Media Development for Africa and Dr. Ndeti Ndati later on paid a courtesy call on Prof. Enos Njeru, Principal, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS). During the brief meeting, Prof Njeru said the University of Nairobi welcomes a lot of benchmarking with industry in line with its vision and commitment to providing scholarly excellence.