MA Digital Journalism students showcase projects at mini conference

MA Digital Journalism students showcase projects at mini conference

John Ngirachu, an MA Digital Journalism student displays his poster at the mini-conference held in the school’s campus in Westlands, Nairobi.

NAIROBI, May 2018: The Aga Khan Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC) hosted a mini-conference showcasing the projects undertaken by the MA in Digital Journalism students’ on Thursday 31st May 2018 at the school’s campus in Westlands. The conference provided students an opportunity to share insights into the new skills developed throughout the semester and to articulate synergies between the lessons learnt and the changing marketplace. Students presented their poster presentations, multimedia projects, data stories, investigative journalism project proposals, state of the news media in EA –interviews with veteran journalists and their journalism portfolio.

The student’s leader Kenfrey Kiberenge said, “As students, we are not only learning new things but we are also unlearning the bad habits. We are hopeful that this programme will take us a long way.”

The conference also provided an opportunity for the students to interact with practitioners, other AKU students and faculty, and to have a conversation about the future of journalism in East Africa.

The conference concluded with a roundtable discssion titled: ‘Show me the money: funding the future of journalism in East Africa,’ where seasoned panelists; Anton Harber, Adjunct professor of journalism at the University of the Witwatersrand; William Pike, Managing Director, The Star Publications and David Aduda, Business Development Manager, Nation Media Group, explored issues around saving journalism and developing sustainable business models to ensure media viability across the region.

About the MA Digital Journalism Programme

Our MA in Digital Journalism combines real-life practice with academic rigor to position young and mid-career journalists as leaders in their field. You will develop the knowledge, skills and professional qualities for success at the highest levels of your craft. You will also work with world-renowned journalists and scholars as you blend practice, reflection and theory in your coursework.

The program is taught in state-of-the-art facilities and progressively builds expertise in multiplatform storytelling, specialist reporting and editorial leadership. The culmination of the program will be a specialist-reporting project and research thesis.

Generous scholarships are available.

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The deadline for applications is Tuesday, 19th June 2018.