As part of the World Press Freedom Day celebrations held annually on the 3rd of May the Media Council of Kenya plans to hold a regional Journalists’ Convention and the third Annual Journalism Excellence Awards gala at Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi, Kenya. The Journalists’ Conference will take place on Friday, 2nd May and half day on Saturday, 3rd May 2014, while the awards will be held on the evening of 3rd May 2014. The awards ceremony is an annual flagship event of the Council held to recognise and reward excellence and professionalism in the media industry in Kenya.
World Press Freedom Day in 2014 focuses on three inter-related themes: Media’s importance in development; safety of journalists and the rule of law; and the sustainability and integrity of journalism.
The focus of the Journalists’ Convention this year in Kenya will be media and development and specifically its role in nurturing open and participatory inclusive democratic processes. It will also interrogate the subject of information access, the rule of law as well as devolution in Kenya.
Participation will be drawn from the media, civil society, donor agencies, institutions of higher learning and government institutions among others as well as journalists’ associations from East Africa and globally.
The convention will also affirm Kenya’s lead role in the establishment of the East African Media Protocol. The Council has also been steadfast in creating and strengthening a functional network between the media councils and professional associations in the region with an aim of identifying emerging issues and sharing workable strategies, experiences and solutions with regards to media regulation and freedom of expression.
The Journalists’ Convention has been presided over by the Head of State for the last two years since inception and we expect to keep up with the trend.
The convention will culminate into the 3rd Annual Journalism Excellence Awards that endeavours to identify, acknowledge, inspire, support and promote media excellence in Kenya, and which will be held on the evening of 3rd May 2014.
Objectives of the Media Awards
- To identify, acknowledge, inspire, support and promote media excellence in Kenya;
- To recognise and acknowledge media practitioners who have demonstrated high standards in their works and inspire journalists towards contributing significantly to the media profession;
- To motivate media practitioners and aspiring journalists to uphold standards of excellence in the profession;
- To create awareness and publicise the work of the Media Council of Kenya and its partners.
Justification for the Media Awards
The Media Council of Kenya as the custodian of setting professional and ethical standards in the country seeks to create a forum through which these standards are recognised, appreciated and promoted.
Kenyans want a professionally run media that promotes, respects and adheres to the fundamental principles and global standards of journalism. They yearn for a media that promotes professional behavior and respect the Code of Conduct for the Practice of Journalism in Kenya as is entrenched in the laws of Kenya.
This year AJEA will be recognising journalists in various media platforms; print, radio, television and online. The categories are: ICT and Telecommunications, Children and Youth Affairs, Sports, Tourism, Arts and Culture, Photojournalist of the Year, Cartoonist of the Year, Business, Good Governance, Cameraperson of the Year, Health Reporting, Free Press Kenya, Television and News Bulletin, Young Journalist of the Year, Journalist of the Year, Gender Reporting Award and the Environment Reporting Award.