The School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Nairobi, and the Journalism & Mass Communication Alumni Chapter held a get together on Saturday, 2nd March,2019 at the University of Nairobi Chiromo Club.
During the meeting the alumni announced their intention to boost mediastudies training in the institution.The alumni, currently working in the media, academia and public relations, endorsed the school’s plan to review its media training curriculum.
The School is expected to finalize its review of curriculum by September 2019 in a process where the alumni will play significant role of injecting expertise in training. In his address, the Director of the School, Dr. NdetiNdati, said the move was necessitated by the need to align the programme to the changing dynamics in the market.
Dr. Ndati said the media industry was rapidly changing and there was need for the institution to adjust accordingly by involving stakeholders.
“We want our alumni to be drivers of the training. They have an in-depth experience and are willing to work with us as trainers and mentors as well as consultants,” DrNdati noted.
He said they had tapped the alumni resource in the past to help the institution in bridging the disconnect between learning and practice.
Those with the requisite qualifications will also be engaged as visiting lecturers and motivational speakers to the future media practitioners.
The Deputy Director of the School Dr. Samuel Siringi said the review of the curriculum would coincide with the University’s plan to unveil television and radio stations as well as online media platforms.
The event brought together alumni from print, electronic and digital media, advertising and public relations. The Chairman of the Chapter Mr. Bernard Otieno thanked members for finding time from their busy schedules to meet, bond and discuss ways and means of enriching the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the University of Nairobi at large.