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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Citizen reporters made a show at Sokopepe launch

By Nderitu Elvis

Citizen reporters: Elvis and Alvin during an interview 
Citizen Journalism training at Ngarua Maarifa centre has come of age. This was demonstrated when two reporters Sokopepe) a swahili word for virtual market. Representing the team, the two citizen reporters; Alvin and Elvis successfully managed the citizen journalism stand and marked a colourful coverage of the project by collecting the milestones the group has achieved so far. Their stand was adorned with two balloons- named Alvin and Elvis - orange and white to mark the theme of the day.  
confidently made a big show during the unveiling of ALIN’s E-marketing project (

Some of the most remarkable things noted were the establishment of a blog; http://laikipiaruralvoices.blogspot.com/, and a face book page. A total of 148 plus articles all touching the heart of Laikipia have been published on the blog, attracting over 26,000 readers, from far and wide. Some of the stories published elicited quick responses, a case of a deaf girl who was forcefully married off got a sponsored by a well wisher and she is currently a student at Bishop Gatimu Secondary.

The stand witnessed massive visitors in the early hours with people trying to find out what exactly is citizen journalism. Most of them were amazed since they had no clue of its existence and were further touched by the fact that it had covered stories they knew off head.

Guest from ALIN head quarters in Nairobi and other invited visitors went to the stand and were pleased by the new developments of the project.

One remarkable visitor to the stand was the current area Member of county assembly who was moved by the presentations. The leader is among the pioneers Citizen Journalism Trainings in to be trained be training in Sipili three years ago. ‘‘I have written almost 15 articles published on this blog’’ said Duncan Ndegwa.

The Citizen reporters had much fun during the event
The show rendered a golden opportunity for the citizen reporters to create rapport with reporters from mainstream media. Mohammed Maina- a journalist with a local radio station ‘‘Sauti Ya Mwananchi’’, visited the stand and he was so stunned to find out that the volunteers had come up with such an innovative idea to write and share news on the web-blog. Maina was touched by this innovative project and he promised to highlight the blog on his Friday night show. He also said that he will in future consider slotting an interview with one of the citizen reporters in his show.

The stand received various requests by people who were willing to join the family of citizen journalist’s and all were invited to attend lessons which commenced Monday 26th August 2013.





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