Students and lecturers from the Department of Media Technology and Applied Communication (MTAC) in the School of Communication and Development Studies, attended an accreditation exercise organized by the Media Council of Kenya (MCK) as part of an initiative aimed at enhancing their professionalism in communication and journalism.
The registration exercise held Thursday, May 19, 2021 at Juja main campus, was preceded by a sensitization session that enlightened the prospective members on the benefits of joining a professional body such as MCK which is Kenya’s media self-regulatory authority.
In her welcoming remarks, Dr. Joan Mutua, the Chairperson MTAC emphasized to her students on the need to acquire the professional accreditation, citing its numerous benefits and the role it has played in her media career prior to joining the academia.
“I encourage all of you and especially those looking for internship opportunities to register with MCK because affiliation to such a professional body opens many doors. In my journalism career, I worked in diverse fields of communication for both local and international media and having that press card was golden,” Dr. Mutua reminisced.
Ms. Clarice Atieno, a Research and Documentation Assistant at MCK reiterated the need for accreditation by MCK – Kenya’s legal and constitutional authority on the regulation of the conduct of journalists in Kenya.
“It is important for anyone pursuing a career in communications to register with MCK because it offers several benefits which include; access to information and opportunities for training on different pertinent areas,” said Ms. Atieno.
During the exercise, students and lecturers registered for the MCK membership and subsequently issued with accreditation press cards.
Mr. Linford Muliro a postgraduate student and part time lecturer at MTAC expressed his pleasure after successfully registering with the professional body.
“I have just received my press card and I feel that I am now on the right track with my career given that most organizations request for it. I am also a communications trainer and therefore I get to receive the multifaceted benefits of this membership,” enthused Mr. Muliro.
Currently, MCK has digitized the annual membership registration process which also accommodates freelance journalists, independent producers and linguistics graduates as long as they have a published portfolio.