Peer to PeerMentoring Programme
The Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture in Kenya (MESHA), for purposes of improving the quality of health and science journalism among her members, seeks to place selected talented journalists under experienced science journalists with the aim of developing the latter professionally by involving them in the daily routines of their mentors. This will ensure a guided and stepwise development of mentees skills through daily and regular monitoring accompanied by appropriate interventions meant to accelerate the acquisition of good writing skills.
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The programme will last ONE year with the mentees expected to ‘meet’ their mentors at least twice during the mentorship period through skype where the mentor will be expected to review assignments being undertaken by the mentee. The mentor will particularly focus on the weak areas in the assignments while providing advice on how to improve them. The mentors will be expected to:
- Share their skills and experiences with the mentees connecting them to important sources as well as best practices in the newsroom.
- Assist mentees to prepare them for interviews
- Discuss story ideas, building on those ideas and pitching skills
- Provide progress reports to the programme coordinator
At the end of the programme, mentees will be trained on online research skills before being finally awarded with their certificates.
The programme is expected to benefit journalists at all levels of their careers or graduates freshly out of college with the prerequisite skills required of health and science journalism while also building in them a critical knowledge of important contacts and organizations necessary for their work. The programme is also expected to contribute to the overall improvement of health and science journalism in Africa.