Top editors to host in­au­gu­ral con­ven­tion


Editors from lo­cal me­dia houses will con­verge in Nairobi on Fri­day and Satur­day dur­ing the first ever An­nual Editors’ Con­ven­tion.

The two-day fo­rum, or­gan­ised by the Kenya Editors’ Guild (KEG), will fo­cus on the fu­ture of jour­nal­ism and me­dia, me­dia reg­u­la­tion and free­dom, so­cial me­dia, dis­in­for­ma­tion and jour­nal­ism train­ing.

There will be key­note pre­sen­ta­tions, the­matic and ple­nary ses­sions, panel dis­cus­sions and train­ing. “The Fri­day train­ing, called the Kenya news­room safety boot camp, will deal with the safety and se­cu­rity skills jour­nal­ists need in their ev­ery­day work prac­tices,” says a brief about the con­ven­tion. “There will also be train­ing on Satur­day fo­cus­ing on dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies, me­dia and jour­nal­ism.”

The con­ven­tion will be held at the Villa Rosa Kempin­ski in Nairobi and its cli­max will be an editors’ ball on Satur­day night.

KEG chair­man Churchill Otieno said the in­au­gu­ral con­ven­tion will be a foun­da­tion for more. “This is the start of im­por­tant con­ver­sa­tions and in­ter­ro­ga­tion of crit­i­cal me­dia and jour­nal­ism is­sues,” he said. “There is a lot of think­ing and ef­fort that has gone into the plan­ning of this con­ven­tion.”

Na­tion Me­dia Group, the US State Depart­ment and the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Author­ity of Kenya are among KEG’S part­ners in or­gan­is­ing the con­ven­tion.

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