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Nov
30

Recycle Plastic Waste and Free Ensnared Marine Life

(L to R) Alan Oyugi – Producer, Plastics are Forever documentary; Dr. Charles Lange – Deputy Director, Environmental Planning and Research, NEMA; Michael Meyer, Founding Dean, Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC) and Andrew Tkach – Director, Environmental Reporting Program, Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC) share […]

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Oct
18

Masters degree in Digital Journalism launched for East Africa Journalists

(L to R) Prof. Kweku Bentil, Vice Provost, AKU, Dr. Sam Kamau, Faculty, GSMC, Churchill Otieno, Managing Editor Digital, NMG; Dr. Nancy Booker, Assistant Professor, GSMC; Joseph Odindo, Editorial Director, Standard Group, Prof. Rhonda Breit, Associate Dean, GSMC  and Stephen Buckley, Director, Professional Development Courses, GSMC share a light moment during the launch of the MA in […]

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Oct
16

Trainee journalists graduate from Standard Media Academy Program

(R to L) Prof. Rhonda Breit, Associate Dean, AKU-GSMC gives Carolyne Bii, graduate of Standard Media Academy program a certificate of completion as Standard Group Ag. CEO Orlando Lyomu looks on. Twelve trainees graduated on Thursday after a nine-month journalism training program sponsored by the Standard Media Group. The young journalists will be absorbed in […]

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Oct
09

Research on the impact of new technologies among journalists to be conducted

(R to L) Michael Meyer, Founding Dean, AKU-GSMC and David Omwoyo, CEO, Media Council of Kenya during the MoU signing held at GSMC campus in Nairobi. NAIROBI, OCTOBER 2017:  The Aga Khan University School of Media and Communications (GSMC) and the Media Council of Kenya signed a memorandum of understanding to undertake research that seeks […]

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Oct
02

Spare us the jargon; make election petition stories spicy

Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications Assistant Professor in Multimedia Journalism, Dr. Nancy Booker This election cycle has seen reporters spend more or less equal time at campaign rallies and at the courts. Never has an election played out in the court corridors than this year’s election. The court battles surrounding the […]

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Aug
31

GSMC faculty host panel discussion at the East African Communication Association Conference

East African Communication Association Conference Delegates pose for a group photo in Kigali, Rwanda Faculty from The Aga Khan University’s Graduate School of Media and Communications were among those who attended the 7th East African Communication Association Conference, hosted by the University of Rwanda in Kigali, Rwanda. This year’s conference theme “The economics of media […]

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Aug
04

A Fourth Estate for Sale: The Watchdog and Kenya’s Caravan of Corruption

Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications Director of Social Accountability Media Initiative, Thomas Lansner T R Lansner/ From broadcast news to blogosphere, Kenya’s Fourth Estate is today too often only another bit of real estate up for grabs by the highest or best-connected bidders, from actual ownership to other often insidious influences. […]

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Aug
03

Dean: Print media is not dead, all we need are better journalists

Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications Dean, Michael Meyer. Michael Meyer has been at the Aga Khan Graduate School of Media and Communications as the school’s founding dean for four years, after a five-year stint at the United Nations as the communications director and speech writer for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. An award-winning […]

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Aug
02

Media Urged to Monitor and Counter Hate Speech Online

(L to R) Dr. Sam Kamau, Faculty, AKU-GSMC; Stephen Musyoka, Social Media Strategist, team TRINC; Noah Miller, Managing Director, Sochin Limited; Catherine Anite, Human rights lawyer, Article 19 and Nerima Wako, Director, Siasa Place share a light moment during the Incitement, Dangerous Speech, Advocacy: Rights & Response in Social Media & Beyond Roundtable discussions held […]

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Aug
02

IN THE MEDIA: When truth and lies tell ‘same’ story

Fake news discredits and delegitimises the truth about an issue or an individual. PHOTO | COURTESY DAILY NATION   The letter purported to be from the assistant registrar of companies dated July 22, 2017, lists the names of the directors and shareholders of “Debates Kenya Limited”, the company that hosted the just concluded running mates […]

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Aug
01

Aga Khan, Harvard Universities Partner to boost Leadership and Communication Skills for Africa’s Senior Executives

Martin Oduor-Otieno, CEO, Leadership Group Limited discusses Adaptive Leadership as Hugh O’Doherty, Adjunct Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School, looks on during the Leadership for Change event held at GSMC campus in Nairobi.   NAIROBI, JULY 2017 Aga Khan and Harvard universities have partnered to transform the management of top organisations in Africa by equipping senior executives […]

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Jul
28

Media Urged To Help Citizens Verify Fake News

(R to L) Alphonce Shiundu, Kenya Editor, Africa Check explains his findings on fake news to Carole Kimutai, Managing Editor, Digital at the Standard Group; Vincent Ng’ethe, Digital Editor, Daily Nation and Dr. Nancy Booker, Assistant Professor, Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC) during the Verification and Fact-Checking Roundtable discussions held […]

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Jul
11

Aga Khan’s Diamond Jubilee marks 60 years of a commitment to faith, pluralism and improved quality of life

Shia Ismaili Muslims join with partners of the AKDN in celebrating His Highness’s endeavour to promote peace and progress Gouvieux, France, 10 July 2017 — On 11 July, 2017, His Highness the Aga Khan will mark his Diamond Jubilee, or 60th year as the 49th hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the world’s Shia Ismaili Muslims. […]

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May
24

GSMC lecturer on book tour in the Americas

GSMC founding faculty member, Dr Peter Kimani, has been on a reading tour in the United States and the Caribbean to promote his new novel, Dance of the Jakaranda, travelling through nearly 10 different time zones in three weeks taking his best cooler to every country he goes to because he can not life without […]

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May
15

Dr. Nancy Booker: Ethics have to be at the core of Journalism Practice

Dr. Nancy Booker speaks during the convention to mark the World Press Freedom Day celebrations in Kenya   Dr. Nancy Booker, faculty at the Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications and Chief Judge, AJEA 2017, urged journalists during the 2017 Annual Journalism Excellence Awards (AJEA) to let ethical principles guide their work.  […]

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Apr
21

TRUST… BUT VERIFY: Building stronger media collaborations to advance social accountability

One book, Many Learners. Students from Malimbwe Primary School, Malawi   By Thomas R Lansner, Project Director, Social Accountability Media Initiative (SAMI), Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC)  “Our school has no books.” Standard six student Esther Chakwana had a poem ready for the morning’s visitors to her rural Malimbwe Primary School in Mitundu District, down […]

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Apr
21

Social Accountability Advocacy in Bangladesh: New Comms, and Old…

Social Accountability Media Initiative [SAMI] Bangladesh Mentor Kazi Islam [standing] joins local media practitioners Mohammed Tofazzal Hossain [left] and Anzarul Islam Jewel [right], and Care Project Officer Golam Rabanni [center], in an exercise on reporting social accountability stories.   By Thomas R Lansner, Project Director, Social Accountability Media Initiative (SAMI), Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications (AKU-GSMC) […]

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Apr
21

GSMC faculty assists in creation of 2017 Election Coverage Guidelines

  GSMC faculty, Dr. Nancy Booker (C) is joined by GSMC Director of Resource & Business Development, Kenneth Macharia (L), and GSMC faculty, Dr. Sam Kamau (R), during the launch of the 2017 Media Council of Kenya Guidelines for Election Coverage.   Dr. Nancy Booker, faculty – Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and […]

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Apr
07

GSMC’s Documentary on Lake Turkana wins big at Mashariki African Film Festival

Promo: Lake Turkana Water to Dust. Watch the promo here   GSMC’s Giving Nature a Voice documentary on Lake Turkana, dubbed ‘Water to Dust,’ recently won Best East African Documentary at the third edition of the 2017 Mashariki African Film Festival in Kigali, Rwanda. The documentary exposes the danger posed by Ethiopia’s hydropower and irrigation […]

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Apr
05

Founding faculty launches novel that reimagines the Rise and Fall of Colonialism in Africa.

IN GOOD COMPANY: Novelist and GSMC faculty, Dr Peter Kimani, signs an autograph during the launch his new novel, Dance of the Jakaranda, at the Graduate School of Media and Communications, Aga Khan University in Nairobi.   Dr Peter Kimani, a founding faculty member, Aga Khan Graduate School of Media and Communication (AKU-GSMC) launched his […]

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Apr
05

Aga Khan Foundation and Aga Khan University

Five representatives from the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) and the Aga Khan University in Nairobi, Kenya visited Wadsworth House on their last day on campus finalizing an agreement with the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Executive Education program to develop an adaptive leadership custom program that will take place at the AKU campus in Nairobi. Pictured […]

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