|English | Español||February 22, 2017 | Issue #67|
The School of Authentic Journalism taught me how to make my own journalism a little more real
We learned to get the real stories from the real people
By Kevin Mwachiro
Kevin Mwachiro, journalist and grad of the School of Authentic Journalism
I was surrounded by individuals who were passionate about changing the societies that they lived in. They had taken risks, been at the front of picket lines, been arrested and even exiled! They were passionate about causes and passionate about getting “real” stories from real people out into the public. Lesson Two.
My background in journalism is in broadcast media, radio specifically, but I was given the opportunity to learn new skills and found myself behind the camera and learning how to shoot film. I consider teamwork a necessary evil and the SAJ was all about pulling together and making things happen. We were encouraged to get our hands dirty and were made to feel that the strength of the school and what we got out of it was dependent on what we as students put in. Lesson Three.
The two weeks in Mexico were some of the most memorable in my life. I learnt lots. I expanded my network of friends. I picked up some Spanish along the way, learned about causes and how to creatively champion those causes through the media and peacefully. But more than anything, I learned to make my own journalism a little more real. Lesson for life!
- The Fund for Authentic Journalism