Finally we have the Kenya ICT Reporters Association (KIRA) that aims to herald ICT journalism in Kenya and the region to the peak.
With rapid technological changes in the region, including mobile banking, undersea fibre optic cables, expanded Internet connectivity and mobile phone use, face of ICT reporting is changing fast.
Unfortunately, not many journalists are competent in this beat thus the skewed coverage of ICT matters.
In the advent of new media (Mobile, online and multimedia), Journalists cannot afford and watch as technology evolves.
We need to keep pace and understand how the emerging technology tools like Twitter, Skype, Facebook, Youtube, google reader, RSS feeds, news alerts, blogs, websites, etc can be professionally utilised by journalists.
Despite the popularity of these tech tools, very few journalists know how to interact with them leave alone, knowledge of their existence.
We need to blog, tweet, skype and subscribe to feeds to remain on top of news.
It is a fact, online and mobile news is even overtaking radio and TV in terms of speed and reach. There are predictions that Newspapers are an endangered ’species’.
KIRA’s key objective is to bring all journalsts with passion in technology to a common table to chart way forward on matters ICT and to seek relevant training opportunities for members.
Using our organisation , we seek to reach out to all ICT stakeholders in the country and promote ICT reporting in the country and the region.
We also intend to set the agenda by picking on relevant topics and inviting concerned stakeholders to a discussion table as often as possible.
To be the ultimate ICT reporting think tank in East africa. Informed and respected.
Join us, now by logging on to http://www.kirakenya.com (under renovation) where you will register and be part of a network that is bound to grow like a wild fire in summer.
This is the beginning…join the band wagon and help shape out a vision that will stand test of time.
Current KIRA Members (ICT REPORTERS) and officials
1.President-James Ratemo (The Daily Nation) (Moved to Internews Kenya as a Digital Media tariner)
2. Deputy President-Kui Kinyanjui-Business Daily (Moved to IBM)
3.Secretary-Evelyn Wanjiru-Capital FM (Moved to Africa Practice )
4.Treasurer-Mark Okuttah-Business Daily
5.National Coordinator (Training) -James Mbugua-The Star (Moved to Africa Practice )
6.Organising Secretary-Michael Ouma-The East African (Moved to CIO East Africa)
7.Broadcast Co-coordinator-Stephen Kimani-NTV (Moved)
8.Broadcast Co-coordinator-James Karani -KTN (Moved)
9.Deputy Secretary-Kenya Times
10.Fredrick Obura-The Standard
10.Joseph Bonyo-The Nation
11.Deputy Sponsorship Director -K24
12.Jevas Nyabiage-The Nation (Moved to The Standar)
13.Macharia Kamau-The Standard
14.Jackson Okoth-The Standard
15.Peter Wakaba-KTN (Moved to CCTV)
16.Patrick Githinji-CEO Africa (Moved)
17.Deputy Treasurer -The People
18.Sponsorship Co-Director-Kenya News Agency/Kenya Today
19.Correspondents Co-Coordinator-Kenya Times
20.Beatrice Obwocha-The Standard-Nakuru (Moved to the Daily Nation)
21.Rebecca Wanjiku-International Coordinator- (Online) IDC
22.Larry Madowo-KTN (Moved to NTV)
23.Wangara, Yusuf-The Sunday Express
24.Sammy Mwangi-Business Journal
26. Raphael Okoth-
27. Pascal Mbela
28.Linet Igadwah-Kenya Times (Moved to Nairobi News)
30. George Kebaso
32.Ramadhan Rajab-The Star
33.Anne Kanina-Kenya Today (Defunct) (Moved to Daily Nation)
34-Peter Wakaba-KTN (Moved to CCTV)
35.Timothy Makokha-The Standard (Business Deputy Editor)
36.Winfred Kagwe-The Star
N/B-Membership is open to current, upcoming and aspiring ICT/Business/Environmental/Health reporters with unwavering passion in relevant technology.
We look forward to designing our own site but meanwhile send an email requesting registration to firstname.lastname@example.org and on your subject or Ref: field, write KIRA registration. Thanks