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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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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. Setting off in Massachusetts, he gave a reading at Amherst College before proceeding to California for […]

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.  […]

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 […]