Radar trains citizen reporters in Kibera

Radar trained citizen reporters yesterday at Map Kibera Trust Office in preparation for upcoming general election coverage.

This is the final training for Map Kibera Trust members, who have been trained on Micro-reporting and blogging to make sure they report appropriately what will be transpiring at the polling station on fourth of march 2013. The micro-reporting model is designed for mobile phone reporting, which is a key tool for Voice of Kibera reporting.

“In micro-reporting, you use 20-25 words to tell the whole story. the message should contain the 5Ws + H.” said Libby Powell, the trainer.

The training  covered topics like hate speech verses criticism , the difference between facts and opinions and the difference local and international audience, and how they consume news. It also covered the safety of journalists when covering elections, and impartiality.

“We have trained 40 reporters so far who will monitor elections in 7 constituencies in Nairobi county” said Kepha Ngito, Map Kibera Trust CEO.

About Douglas Namale

Douglas Namale is the founder of Community Media in Kibera, Managing editor of Mtaani Insight (www.mtaani.net) and a Mapper at Map Kibera Trust. He is a former managing editor of Kibera Journal (www.kiberajournal.org) and an ICT literacy activist particularly among the youth in the slums and rural areas. He is also a facilitator in Community Media, good governance, active citizenship, Open space technology, Access to information and Freedom of expression. He has presented his work in different global platforms including, ICT4D 2010 in London, Broadcast and Film Africa Conference in Nairobi in 2011 among others. He believes an informed citizen is an empowered society. I strongly believe the ICT tools and citizen journalism will form part of 3rd liberalization in Kenya.
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