In this current generation, if you're not in the game of knowing what is happening around you then you must be missing something and to be specific, life as a journalist. On one fine Sunday afternoon 24th September, Uweza Journalism Club members were discussing the qualities of a good journalist.
We were divided into four groups and each group had to choose a group leader and a presenter under the supervision of our journalism teacher Mr. Thomas Bwire. Everyone was keen to understand the topic of what it takes to be a good journalist. Some of the major points brought up by the presenters were: A journalist should be hardworking, highly educated, fluent in both Kiswahili and English, self disciplined at heart, accurate, very first with news, trusted, easy to understand, straight, alert and also realistic.
|One of the groups shares what they think makes a good journalist|
- Be right by building trust with your readers, listeners or viewerss
- Be first and timely in the news to be delivered.
- Stick to what you know and not to be biased
- Keep it simple hence avoid using fancy sentences that are unnecessary.
- Play it straight to maintain your standard.
- Know your market i.e. their age, occupation, residence and target audience.
- Be aware of your competitors.
- Keep in touch.
- Be realistic
- Be disciplined.
|Club member Dorcas Kirwai shares her findings with the group|
Rebecca Musanga is a member of the Uweza Journalism Club.