School of Communication, Cinematic and Creative Arts faculty, participates in the African Women in Media (AWiM) Conference
Dr. Dorothy Njoroge addresses the audience during this year’s African Women in Media (AWiM) conference held at the University of Nairobi. The Conference bought together various stakeholders from the Kenyan media scene. PHOTO: Courtesy
Dr. Dorothy Njoroge from the School of Communication, Cinematic and Creative Arts was the keynote speaker at this year's African Women in Media (AWiM) conference and festival held at the University of Nairobi from July 25 to July 27, 2019.
In her keynote speech delivered on July 26, Dr. Njoroge discussed her research titled Exploring News Coverage of Domestic Violence in Kenya's Print Media in which she highlighted the tendency of the news media to cover domestic violence as a private issue rather than a social problem. Her research also made note of how the media humanized the perpetrators while dehumanizing the victims as some of the problematic elements of news coverage in Kenya. The over-reliance of police and relatives as news sources defined domestic violence in limited ways as voices of human rights activists and health professionals remained muted thus depicting this vice as sporadic issue rather than a pervasive social problem needing a broad-based approach to stem its tide.
Ms. Robi Koki Ochieng, also from the School of Communication, Cinematic and Creative Arts, presented a paper entitled The Screen-fit Phenomena: An Interrogation of Unspoken Rules that Guide the Career of Women Anchors in the Kenyan Media. Her paper explored challenges faced by female anchors due to demands placed on them to look and behave in certain ways rather than focusing on their professionalism as journalists.
Dr. Rachel Diang'a, the Chair, Department of Cinematic Arts, moderated a panel on women in East Africa film. Mr. David Biwott, a Masters of Communication student, and Ms. Karoline Kanyeria a graduate of the Masters in Communication program worked as interns documenting some of the sessions during the conference.