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Yesterday, at the Kenyatta International Conventions Centre, Journalism African Award was held to appreciate and promote quality journalism. CNN and MultiChoice Media corporates recognized African skills and talents in making stories that make change happen. Kenya has shined out to be one of the countries in Africa where the ICT is EXTRAORDINARILY creating great impact on the lives of many men and women. It is right to ask, why so and so was recognised as an exemplary journalist and not the other? Why Paul and not Mohamed? Why X and not Y. Why more men than women given the Award? Why them and not us? These are ordinary questions any ordinary normal person would ask. This blogstory is more interested in what informs the decision of judges when settling on an individual and his or her piece of work as extraordinarily exemplary.
Remember, judges sitting on such Award panels are real persons in mind and body. They sample personalities involved in the art of journalism and decide on the best. They even use the voting system to ensure that they get as much closer to justice as possible. But they are not perfect beings. It is just the same to Peace Nobel Prizes given to the best writers, best and endearing persons in working for peace. Mo Ibrahim’s Award is known for promoting good governance in the African Continent. They make their errors. They may leave out one and settle on the other.
What is so critical is the fact that, mass communication has done great things to the lives of many people. Doing something not to hurt someone but to save someone. Doing something to bring the good to the lives of many humans without caring about your own gains and comfort. Acting with morality, decorum and great sense of the common man. Having extraordinary courage to stand for the truth no matter what. Going into stories that are dangerous in order to make change. Writing stories, that are ethical and within the required expectations even if it means breaking the law.
Indeed, people who are ethically sensistive are very few. People who see things the way Jesus did are really few. Men and women who see things as Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Julius Nyerere, Wangare Maathai, Mohamed Amin, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Pope John Paul II and several many others are always few. The majority are those who see things in terms of self-interest promoting their comfort zones. Those who stop at what brings pleasure to individuals, family members or ethnic or political groups. Those who make stories that would only benefit a few people are always the leading majority in the profession.
It is real that many journalists have developed tendency of reporting for personal gain. Some engage in creating more pain than building values in our society. Egoism, interpersonal affinity, politics, and too much self…Judges usually give priority not only to the quality of the work one does but certain virtues and values. They usually consider greater values that a journalist is promoting in his or her piece of work. So, it is obvious that such men and women are ever few and countable. They are heroes or couragious people who stand for the truth no matter what may come with it. Even if some may get into trouble with authorities for the truth they tell, they still win the hearts of many men and women.
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