In Summary
  • I have a lot of respect for MCK but why would they only give this recognition to some journalists and ignore the others?
  • Where do entertainment writers feature in all this?
  • I will tell you for free: nowhere.

‘Not all animals are equal’ is a phrase commonly associated with George Orwell’s Animal Farm and it has never rung truer in media.

As an entertainment writer, equality is a term quite that is quite foreign. This occurred to me when the Media Council of Kenya recently announced their call for entries for its Annual Journalism Awards (AJEA).

The awards seek to recognise journalists doing exemplary work in reporting using the different mediums, in their various fields. As expected, getting such an award is validating for any journalist. A pat on the back for a job well done.

Journalism is not a trade for the faint hearted. Reporters go through a lot to get a single story.  

Sometimes they are forced to go to dangerous places. They get insulted, harassed and even have their lives and those of their families threatened.

Some live their lives in fear, not knowing where the next story will take them. But nothing beats the feeling of gratification that is felt when the story done helps put a right where a wrong has been done.

I have a lot of respect for MCK but why would they only give this recognition to some journalists and ignore the others?

Where do entertainment writers feature in all this?

I will tell you for free: nowhere.

And the problem does not just exist here at home but it appears to be a predicament affecting all the four corners of the world.

ARCHAIC BELIEFS

The entertainment beat that has been chosen by many hardworking and dedicated men and women in journalism is seemingly not as important as the others.

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