Partners

The Media Council of Kenya works with a number of development partners in implementing its various programmes.

Below are some of the partners the Council Currently collaborates with:

Kenya Media Program/HIVOS

Support Offered

Media monitoring reports regular feedback meetings with Stakeholders:


Based on the Code of Conduct for the Practice of Journalism in Kenya, the Council carries out continuous media monitoring of television, radio and print outlets in Kenya. The data collected through the Newbase (print and online) and Volicon (Broadcast) systems are synthesised, published and presented to different stakeholder and groups, frequent meetings held with media practitioners including media owners, editors, content developers and journalists to discuss content in terms of quality, presentation and representation of issues. The discussions will aim at correcting any breaches found in media reporting.

The monitoring and sharing of the results on media performance and issues based coverage of political debate and media sphere therefore focus on quality of coverage of Constitution implementation, devolution, election cycle, integrity of those vying for public office, media freedom, the Bill of Rights (with emphasis on minorities and marginalised groups including women) adherence to the Code of Conduct for the Practice of Journalism in Kenya and the judiciary in relation to handling of journalism related cases.

Media Literacy Forums

From the various complaints that are filed at the Councils Complaints Commission, it’s evident that there is serious public expectation on the media. It has thus become crucial to gauge public opinion about the role and place of media in the country. The Council conducts frequent public literacy forums on the media across the country. The encounters take the form of a debate where media practitioners and people from various sectors in the country are invited to debate topical issues about media conduct and or practice and how these issues have been covered in the media. The public expectations becomes a benchmark against which media performance is assesses.

Media Monitoring Reports
The Council publishes and disseminates media monitoring reports frequently, which are also posted on the website [LINK TO MEDIA MONITORING REPORTS]
The following reports have been prepared so far.
1. Pre-election coverage
2. Presidential candidates
3. Post-election coverage
4. Incident reports on land, opinion polls, presidential debates and Commentaries and opinion pieces
5. Media Coverage of the devolution process in Kenya


Ford Foundation

Support Offered

The grant from the Ford Foundation enables the Media Council of Kenya to implement various interventions that shape media operations in Kenya and regionally.

“The Media Observer”
The Observer Magazine is an MCK professional magazine with expert contributions from media, communication and law scholars from the Eastern African region. It provides space for analysis of policy, technological, regulatory and legal issues that touches on media and its place in society. It covers topical/emerging issues in the profession and their impact on professionalism, journalistic standards and conduct as captured from the MCK media monitoring activities, media literacy forums, trainings and complaints commission and media discourses from institutions of higher learning.

Enhancing regional collaboration through strengthened Media Councils and media professional


Through various activities including professional exchanges, researches and professional collaborations, the grant supports regional alerts about developments in the media sector, development of draft model law and related knowledge exchange amongst media councils and media professions in the region. The activities under the programme have worked to strengthen collaborations between media councils, media professionals and communication scholars in the region, which has greatly enhanced media freedom and free flow of information contributing towards emerging media internationalization trends. The development of common media regimes for the journalists in the region will allow for common advocacy initiatives and similar legal procedures for the protection of press freedom.

Trainings and media professionalisation

To address these professional and regulatory gaps in the media profession in Kenya, MCK runs frequent training of journalists in development communications, mentorship of young journalists and the implementation of a generic curriculum for Journalism in all institutions of higher learning teaching journalism.
Similarly, the many emerging trends in the media in Kenya including the increasing hostile environment for journalists, safety concerns for journalists, the political environment in Kenya, especially within the devolved system of government and county governments, has provided journalists with new challenges that need new skills. They need to be trained on the issue so that they understand. The trainings are aimed at improving the journalist’s professional skills on development reporting and related pubic interest reporting. The trainings also include journalists’ safety and protection.

Media Awards

In a bid to enhance professionalism, the Council runs the Annual Journalism Excellence Awards [AJEA] in May each year targeted to coincide with the World Press Freedom Day marked on 3rd May. The main objectives of the award are: to recognise and award excellence in journalism, encourage professionalism in the practices of journalism as provided for by the Code of Conduct for the Practice of Journalism in Kenya and to encourage Development Journalism in Kenya in respect to Vision 2030. The journalism awards is an important tool of encouraging journalists to excel and to adopt a professional style that is acutely conscious of its role as an agent of change and development in the country.


International Media Support (IMS)

Support Offered

Safety and protection of journalists

Under the Enhancing and Up-scaling Media Safety and Journalistic Professionalism in Kenya project, MCK with support from the IMS responds to the needs for mechanism and capacities related to ensuring the safety and protection of media practitioners in Kenya.The project has several components, including the establishment of safety and protection mechanisms (Protocols), safety fund, trauma counseling, training on safety, and promoting dialogue between media and security- institutions.The MCK runs a web based alert system for journalists in distress and carries out a rapid response operation for journalists based in Kenya. ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 0702 222111)
Other activities include regular forums with media managers, media owners and editors on matters safety for journalists.

GIZ

Support Offered

Media monitoring reports regular feedback meetings with Stakeholders:

Based on the Code of Conduct for the Practice of Journalism in Kenya, the Council carries out continuous media monitoring of television, radio and print outlets in Kenya. The data collected through the Newbase (print and online) and Volicon (Broadcast) systems are synthesised, published and presented to different stakeholder and groups, frequent meetings held with media practitioners including media owners, editors, content developers and journalists to discuss content in terms of quality, presentation and representation of issues. The discussions will aim at correcting any breaches found in media reporting.

The monitoring and sharing of the results on media performance and issues based coverage of political debate and media sphere therefore focus on quality of coverage of Constitution implementation, devolution, election cycle, integrity of those vying for public office, media freedom, the Bill of Rights (with emphasis on minorities and marginalised groups including women) adherence to the Code of Conduct for the Practice of Journalism in Kenya and the judiciary in relation to handling of journalism related cases.