Jonathan Masongo when he won a DW award for celebrating heroes.

How about honouring Kenya’s top 100 journalists since independence?

Journalists hardly celebrate themselves. Many have done outstanding stories, touched lives and made a great impact in communities.

They have brought us news from every corner of the world – even at the risk of losing their lives. Long before I joined journalism, I watched Christiane Amanpour report news about war and behind her there was deadly fire being exposed. That incident, though scary, made me choose my future career. I decided I was going to be a journalist and as brave as Amanpour. She has been my role model since.

While these men and women put their lives on the chopping board to bring us what is happening from around the world, we rarely recognise them.

Fortunately, the United States has made a step in recognising 100 outstanding journalists in in 100 years.

America has already identified her remarkable 100 journalists in the last 100 years.

America has already identified her remarkable 100 journalists in the last 100 years.

To mark its 100th year of journalism education at the New York University in 2012, the faculty at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU and a committee of alumni chose the top 100 out of 300 nominees who were honoured at a reception in honour of the 100th anniversary of journalism education at NYU on April 3, 2012.

It is good for Kenya’s media fraternity to think of honouring local journalists who have done an outstanding job in the profession.

Over to us, the media stakeholders.

 




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