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PJAK was initiated in August 2015 by Print Journalist Isaac Ongiri. Other print political scribes bought the idea to form a professional body that accommodates Political Journalists’ work, ambitions and professionalism.
PJAK’s proposed programmes will provide the members with a voice, which unfortunately has remained mute in the media spectrum and intend to link members with potential partners, donors, and professional colleagues who report on similar subjects and content across the globe. The overarching goal is to have an empowered association whose members will be able to report on political issues authoritatively and build public confidence. The Association intends to empower its members to be professional in their work and report issues that are of societal importance that will bring policy change. In addition, the programmes will afford the members an opportunity to interact with professional colleagues from other parts of the world and potential news sources. This will expand members’ world view. It will also provide a reliable source of news, not just for the country but also political actors all over the globe.
Political Journalists are faced with stories of governance that require data interpretation. PJAK hopes to have training in this area to help equip the Political scribes in cracking copies presented in data format especially Opinion polls.
PJAK is ambitious to put in place a powerful media platform through which we can support transparency in electioneering process. By setting up an application and a portal through which political reporters can relay results from the Tallying Centres at the Constituencies, County and National levels.
PJAK aspires to train its members on election coverage, opinion poll interpretation & reporting and peace journalism. The members need training on Elections, Electoral cycle, Election Dispute Resolution and Complaints Adjudication, Electoral Fraud Malpractice, Legal Framework, Accountability, Electoral Integrity, Governance, Ethics, Institutional Development and Participation and Inclusion among others.
Political journalists cover ugly scenes every electioneering period but do not undergo trauma counselling. PJAK aspires to help the journalists in pre-counselling and post-counselling.
Members would love to widen the scope in excellent reporting. This can be achieved through exchange programs with giant media houses and well established journalists from mature democracies in the world
PJAK will also help support its members in analytical and investigative reporting on political reporting that aims at exposing the untold stories in politics e.g misuse of public resources during campaigns, Electoral Fraud Malpractice, Legal Framework, Accountability, Electoral Integrity, corruption and document the same in forms of reports.
Ms Obala is currently a senior Parliamentary/Political reporter with the Standard Newspaper under Standard Group Limited.
She has over 10 years of experience in Journalism. Apart from Parliamentary reporting, Ms Obala also reports on Devolution and champions good governance.
Ms Obala is the current chair of Association of Devolution Journalists (ADJ).
She is also the former chair of Kenya Parliamentary Journalists Association (KPJA).
Ms Obala holds a Bachelors of Arts in Communications and Media Technology with Information Technology from Maseno University and a holder of Masters of Arts Degree in Development Communication from University of Nairobi.
Rawlings is a Senior Political Writer at the Standard Group.
Rawlings has also worked at Maple Management East Africa as Graphic Designer for both print and electronic media products.
Key competencies include researching, gathering and publishing headline news and stories in multiple media platforms, video editing and graphic design and networking with both local and international journalists.
Mr Otieno holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication & Public Relations from Moi University with over Eight years’ experience in journalism.
He also holds a Diploma in Mass Communication (Print Media Option) from Multimedia University of Kenya (MMU).
Irene Mwangi is currently a Political Reporter with Kenyatta University Television (KUTV) having joined in 2015.
Before joining KUTV, Irene was a part-time writer for Writers Guild Kenya.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Community Resource Management from Kenyatta University
She also holds a Diploma in Journalism and Public Relations from Zetech University.
For the past three years, Irene has focused on reporting on National Assembly and Senate attempting to dissect the new systems of governance the country adopted courtesy of the 2010 Constitution.
She hopes to increase focus on developmental journalism and inspire Kenyans into shunning politics of rhetoric and support leaders with tangible development records.
I joined the media industry in August 2012 as a fresh intern from Multimedia University College of Kenya (MMU) and has since remained at People Daily.
After two weeks as an intern, I was elevated to a Correspondent attached to the Political Desk and later confirmed staff political Reporter in July 1, 2013.
I hold a Diploma in Mass Communication (Print option) from Multimedia University College of Kenya (MMU) having graduated in 2014.
I was born in February 5, 1987 in what is today referred to as Kisumu County. I am a Christian, married to Linet Anyango Ochieng’ on December 19, 2015.
Hillary Henry Mageka is a journalist and communications professional. He is a Kenyan Citizen and has been a journalist for the last six years reporting in the latest developments in Kenya’s political landscape.
Presently, he works as a parliamentary reporter for Xtra Publishing Limited.
Previously, he used to write for various magazine in Kenya including Home Magazine, construction review. He is currently the Political journalist association of Kenya (PJAK) Coordinator.
He graduated in Journalism and communication from Multimedia University.
Mary is General News with a bias in Politics and a Nation Media Group correspondent based in Thika-Kiambu County. Has over five years’ experience in news reporting and politics working in vast County with unique feature and political content news. She has been in active journalism for the last four years.
Currently she holds the position of Programs Officer at the Political Journalists Association of Kenya (PJAK). Mary is a Human rights defender and is passionate about qualitative journalism on national and regional political and current affairs and their impact on the society.
Mary also hopes to increase focus on developmental and data journalism that will inspire Kenyans and create policy change. Mary commonly referred to as ‘Kiambu’s finest’ by her PJAK colleagues, is a Communications and Media graduate from Chuka University.
Winnie is a Journalist, Media and Communication specialist based in Mombasa County, Coast region. Has over 8 years’ experience in active Journalism with a bias in political reporting. Attached at Kenya Broadcasting Corporation and Kenya News Agency where she gained vast knowledge in both electronic and print news reporting. Winnie is passionate about development, equity and respect to humanity. Has worked as an editor with the Kilifian Weekly where she currently sits as a consultant editor as well as the online editor for Media16Team. Is the Coast Media Welfare Group Treasurer as well as the Secretary and Spokesperson for Coast Media Football Club. Winnie currently is a Client Relations and Account Manager at Track and Trace limited. Is a Business Administration with a major in Public Relations graduate from the Kenya Methodist University and a Diploma in Journalism and Media studies from the Mombasa Polytechnic
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