By Arnold Adidi and Antony Achayo

On 4th February, 2022, students of Information and Communication benefited from a Virtual mentorship program titled, “What it takes to be a successful writer in the digital age.” The talk organized by the patron of writers club Marren Akong’o and the University Librarian Mr. Joel Nakitare aimed at enabling  students of Information and Communication relate their training to actual professional practice, whet their understanding of their professional skills, inspire and prepare them for the industry. The guest speaker, Mr. Alphonse Shiundu-an experienced Multimedia Journalist and editor with Africa Check reminded the students that employers do not just need papers but the right professional skills and those with additional skills have an upper hand in employment. The mentees, most of whom write and publish articles in Kenyan mainstream newspapers were empowered with knowledge on why to write, techniques of great writing, tips of becoming a great writer, and where to publish their articles.

The Patron of the club, Marren Akong’o said that training institutions should continually work with the industry to assist them identify gaps in training and impart the right skills that will enable students remain relevant to the ever-dynamic field of communication.” Mr. Shiundu agreed to offer more of such mentorship programmes in future.  Dr. Millicent Otieno, the H.O.D Communication, Journalism and Media studies expressed her gratitude saying,” It is an honor to have a journalist of high caliber such as Mr. Shiundu empower students of communication with knowledge of how to navigate the field of journalism and we are truly grateful. This initiative by the writers club through their patron, Marren Akong’o and the University librarian, Mr. Joel Nakitare should be the beginning of many more programs geared towards sharpening the journalistic skills of our students.” In attendance were also the teaching staff from the department of Communication, Journalism and Media Studies.