NAIROBI, Kenya, May 4 – In efforts to promote professionalism in the practice of journalism in Kenya, the Media Council of Kenya held its second media excellence awards on Friday as part of celebrations to mark this year’s World Press Freedom Day.
Among the winners were Capital Group’s Judie Kaberia and Muthoni Njuki who scooped the top position in the prestigious Digital Journalism Award with their winning story “Birth By The Roadside.”
“Muthoni and Judie produced a digital incorporation of text, audio and visual images on the transport hurdles that Marsabit pregnant women have to encounter before giving birth,” read the award citation.
The council introduced the Digital Journalism Award in recognition that new and emerging technology has greatly impacted modern day journalism.
The award recognises journalists who show the ability to creatively use new media or online platforms to package and present powerful stories that affect peoples’ lives.
“It is very exciting. We very happy and proud for this achievement… the achievement is not only ours, but for the whole Capital Group. We couldn’t have done it without them,” said the dynamic duo after winning the prestigious award.
Judie and Muthoni thanked their editors for allowing them tackle such challenging stories.
“Going to Marsabit to cover the story was not easy. It was tough but it was a great opportunity. We got to learn the challenges other Kenyans are facing, and got to show the world. It’s an amazing feeling to be an ambassador of the people,” Judie said.
She pointed out that this kind of journalism is important, as it helps the government in policy making and strategic decisions.
Muthoni said the award was encouraging and she plans to do more of such stories. “Telling other peoples stories is very rewarding and humbling. I am excited that this story was an inspiration.”
The journalist of the year award went to Nyambega Gisesa of the Daily Nation while Hilary Ng’weno scoped the lifetime achievement award.