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 Communications was a member of the technical team that compiled and revised the 2017 Media Council of Kenya Guidelines for Election Coverage. The guidelines which were created by MCK in partnership with UNDP, Communications Authority of Kenya and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will be used to help journalists across the country when covering the 2017 elections. The guidelines will help journalists and media practitioners provide comprehensive, accurate, balanced and fair coverage of the elections.
“This was a great opportunity for me to serve this nation by providing technical advise to this process. Elections are an important process in any democracy and the media’s role in such a process is even more important,” said Dr. Booker.
The guidelines are the result of collaborative efforts among media and various organizations that have a stake in ensuring a credible, free and democratic general election. They include: the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), the Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ), the Kenya Editors’ Guild (KEG), the Association of Media Women in Kenya (AMWIK) and Kenya Correspondents Association (KCA).
The guidelines contain a variety of topics such as: Balance and fairness; Safety and security; Diversity and inclusion of people and ideas; Conflict-sensitive journalism; Opinion polls and Corruption.
“My participation in this goes on to confirm that GSMC is shaping the media landscape in East Africa in different ways, and this was just one of them,” concluded Dr. Booker.
The booklet was signed by top editors of both private and public media as a promise of commitment and adherence to the guidelines.
Click here to view the guidelines.