INTERNEWS STORYFEST 2011

A media awards event by Internews  Network

I know the week isn’t over yet, but this was the highlight of my week.

On Tuesday evening, I attended Internews Network’s  StoryFest  2011 at their I & M building in Nairobi. The awards celebrate local storytellers, specifically journalists.

Internews Network is in the business of empowering local media worldwide and currently works in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and Middle East. Some of its activities involve training  journalists in investigative journalism. “It is in the business of making better storytellers,” as Ernest Waititu said at the awards ceremony. The StoryFest 2011 is their very first media awards event but they plan on making it an annual event.

I loved how….

  • I loved how MC Bonnie Odinga did his thing, throwing in words of wisdom and humour  that was just right for those in the industry.
  • Dressed in black and gold, entertainer/ comedian Eric Omondi got me cracking up as he made fun of reporters  and their ways. “Not many of you know that I studied journalism at Daystar University. But after I began appearing on Churchill Live, I realized no one could take me seriously ,” he mentioned.
  • Listening to and later talking to the Chief Guest Peter Kimani . Mr. Kimani is a poet, journalist and a PhD candidate at University of Houston (Creative Writing). Hence he was the right person to discuss my battles with life as a poet and journalist.
  • Watching, reading and listening to clips of the winning entries. I especially loved an FGM story (see TV Category) done in Merti, Isiolo  and another one on climate change conflicts in North Kenya and neighbouring Ethiopia. The latter was done in Kenya & Ethiopia but by an international journalist and was only shared to inspire us to better (and more creatively) package our stories.
  • The give-aways on the way out. I’m glad I stayed through to the end of the event.

The winners…..

  • Highest number of stories-Violet Otiondo
  • Online Category- Sidi  Sarro
  • Radio Category- Zeinab Dinn

NB:  When doing her winning story, she was asked to pass this message to all men;  “It is also your role to take up the responsibility of family planning.”

  • Print Category-Dann Okoth

NB: He says he is inspired by the need to ‘inform policy that changes people’s lives especially the most vulnerable.’

  • TV Category-Irene Choge

NB:  Irene was limping from an injury obtained on her last assignment.

  • Overall winner/ Storytellers of the year –Dann Okoth (Print Category).

His winning entry was a story on ‘Where childbirth is condemning women to an early grave’.

SAYING OF THE EVENING:

A good journalist sees what everyone sees, but thinks what no one else does…’-the MC.

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2 Responses to “INTERNEWS STORYFEST 2011”

  1. Mwende Says:

    I should have come for this….sad face 😦

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  2. kenyaninterpreneur Says:

    good stuff kama kawaida.

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