NETFUND in New Partnership to Promote Environmental Journalism in Kenya

NETFUND in New Partnership to Promote Environmental Journalism in Kenya

NETFUND has partnered with the Media Council of Kenya to promote environment journalism in the Country. This was necessitated by the twin exigencies of highlighting the actions of Women and Youth at the forefront of the climate scourge and the need to build the capacity of journalists on the subject.

To kickstart this partnership, the Fund supported and participated in the commemoration of the just concluded World Press Freedom Day, 2024 and related activities including the Annual Journalism Excellence Award (AJEA), 2024, a flagship event organized by the Media Council of Kenya. In the event, NETFUND awarded trophies and certificates to four (4) journalists under the environment and climate change category.

While appearing in a panel discussion dubbed “Journalism, Gender and the Environment” on the sidelines of the commemoration, NETFUND CEO, Mr. Samson Toniok, shed light on the extraordinary climate adaptation actions by women and youth at the forefront of climate change and called for more partnership to capacity-build journalists reporting on the subject.

In his remarks, he highlighted the plans by the Fund to enhance media reporting of the environment and climate action. “As NETFUND, we have recently signed an MOU with the Media Council to address some of these issues particularly on training of environmental journalists on a number of areas including Gender-sensitive journalism in the face of climate change; the challenges of gender in society and the media” he said.

In addition, to training and awarding of journalists, NETFUND is also keen on issuing grants to individual journalists to undertake comprehensive reporting and documentaries on critical actions and stories around in the environment and climate change reporting space. This is to encourage journalists to prioritize sustainability and elevate the coverage of climate change stories for public awareness an action.

Text Box: NETFUND’s head of Communication and Partnership, Mr. Hassan Sheikh, awarding environmental journalists at the AJEA event. Mr. Sheikh represented the CEO at the gala eventThe World Press Freedom Day, 2024, is dedicated to highlighting the importance of journalism and freedom of expression in the context of the current global environmental crisis. This year’s theme, “#A Press for the Planet: Journalism in the Face of the Environmental Crisis,” aligns with NETFUND’s mission enhancing sustainable environmental management in Kenya.

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