The Media Council of Kenya has launched an industrial attachment programme for journalism and media students pursuing degree and diploma courses in accredited universities and colleges in Kenya.
In a statement, MCK CEO David Omwoyo said the programme will have 400 students undergo industrial attachment in different departments in media houses yearly.
The students will be distributed in cohorts of 100 every three months, across the country. Media houses will take part in the identification of the students and they will be required to provide working space and supervision for the students.
“In exercise of its mandate of setting standards and ensuring compliance with those standards, the Council has seen the need of setting up infrastructure and extending support to promote and strengthen working relations between the media sector and training institutions in Kenya”, said the MCK boss.
“Lack of functional relationship between the media industry and academia in the sector has frustrated the attainment of practical industrial exposure that is critical to skills transfer and progression of students in journalism training institutions. Students seeking industrial attachment in the extreme are forced to pay for the period should they be lucky to get space”, he observed.
The Media Council will provide the trainees with a stipend of up to 15,000 shillings for transport and insurance.
The industrial attachment programme will be run competitively through advertising in the media for expression of interest.