15 editors attend conflict management workshop in Kenya

Ellen Mlambo in Nairobi 


KENYA –  Fifteen editors from eleven African countries are in Nairobi, Kenya where they are attending a workshop on how to manage conflict in today’s newsroom.

The workshop which is sponsored byKonrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) comes on the realization that there are internal conflicts in newsrooms that results in inefficiency. The programme therefore seeks to impart participants with skills and knowledge on the resolution of newsroom conflicts.

Participants will cover key conflict resolutions concepts relevant to the functions of newsroom managers and leaders.

Two journalists from Zimbabwe namely Ellen Mlambo from The Mirror and Silence Mugadzaweta from Alpha Media are among the 15 who successfully applied for the course out of the 200 applications received.

The programme which is taking place at Aga Khan University Centre and run by Aga Khan Graduate School started on November 13 and will close on November 19, 2022.

The other participants are from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Cameroon, The Gambia, Nigeria, Ghana, Malawi and South Africa. 

The programme is being led by Professor Nancy Booker who is an Associate Professor and Interim Dean at the Aga Khan University’s Graduate School of Media and Communications, KAS Media Africa director Christoph Plate and veteran Kenyan journalist Joe Odindo.

Opening the workshop this week, Prof Booker said the program is mearnt for newsroom leaders to share their varied experiences with regards to management of conflict in their respective newsroom and equipping them with conflict management skills. 

Also discussed during the early stages of the programme were ethical dilemmas and resource management for today’s journalist, mental health for journalists and gender issues and sexual harassment in the newsroom. 

Expected outcomes of the course include recognizing the various types of conflict in today’s newsroom and their triggers, applying various conflict resolution strategies, emotional intelligence and communication skills to prevent and manage conflict in content generation, processing and distribution and building a cohesive newsroom team that focuses on the core business of journalism among others.

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