An evaluation of training standards in Kenyan media colleges: a case study of public and private middle level media training colleges in Nairobi
Wefwafwa, Job A
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The purpose of this study was to evaluate training standards in Kenyan Journalism Colleges. Lack of professionalism and ethical conduct shown through mediocre stories written bereft of , balance and structure as well as defamatory and libel cases on the rise are by all standards evidence. Complaints from the public raised against journalism training in Kenya, prompted the Media Council of Kenya (MCK) in 2005 to facilitate the formation of Media Educators and Trainers Association (META) whose objective, among others, is to 'facilitate high calibre media educators with emphasis on producing 'thinkers' at University level and Technical personnel at Middle Level Colleges. The study was to establish if the objective has been or is being achieved. Questionnaires and scheduled face to face interviews were used. Purposive and random sampling were employed to obtain samples for use. Trainers, trainees and media houses workers formed categories of samples. Two questionnaires were developed targeting trainers and trainees while a face to face interview schedules were for the Media house workers. Statistical Package for social science (SPSS) was used to analyse the data collected and then coded. Tables and charts were used to tabulate the quantitative data gotten through open ended and closed- ended questions. The qualitative data from interviews and open ended questions were transcribed in accordance with the study objectives, and then quantified. The study findings show that most media colleges lack sufficient training equipment with computers as the most needed in colleges. Whereas trainers said newspaper is second needed, trainees said newsroom is second needed. Most Media houses were more contented with new journalists doing field reporting, followed by TV production while studio technical operations had least contentment. Whereas most trainers and students agree that insufficient training equipment is the commonest challenge in media training colleges, media house interviewees specify that it is lack of modern training equipment that affect most colleges. Least mentioned as a problem was sexual harassment; where trainers and trainees seem to conceal information on the issue since it is of mutual benefit to. Nothing else explains the common phrase Sexually Transmitted Distinctions (STDs) than the mutual benefit.