Sunday, November 19, 2006

ABOUT -KOJA

The Kenya On-line Journalists Association is a professional association for working journalists in Kenya. Journalists in Kenya have much in common but their circumstances vary. In many areas the media lacks resources, comes under pressure from government and commercial interests - and under threats from criminals and even terrorists. Access to high quality training is difficult among many Kenyan journalists and in most there may be no machinery for working journalists to get together and discuss their common problems, the changes to their profession and the new threats from security efforts and manipulation.

The KOJA exists to remedy this situation, to bring online Journalists, particularly ICT- journalists closer together whether they are working in print, broadcasting, or on-line journalism, and to help raise their status and quality. The KOJA will have several branches, and members spread across the country.

The KOJA mission

The Kenya Online Journalists Association is an association composed largely of professional journalists. The Association targets more than 800 professional members, that is, members whose principal livelihood involves gathering or producing news for online or digital presentation. The membership includes online news writers, Correspondents, producers, photographers and others who produce news for the Internet or other digital delivery systems, as well as academic members and others interested in the development of online journalism.

Our Founding Principles:

We believe that the Internet is the most powerful communications medium to arise since the dawn of television. As the Net becomes a primary source of news for a growing segment of the world's population, it presents complex challenges and opportunities for journalists as well as the news audience.

Editorial Integrity:

The unique permeability of ICTs and Web publications allows for the linking and joining of information resources of all kinds as intimately as if they were published by a single organization. Responsible journalism on the Internet means that the distinction between news and other information must always be clear, so that individuals can readily distinguish independent editorial information from paid promotional information and other non-news.

Editorial Independence:

Online journalists should maintain the highest principles of fairness, accuracy, objectivity and responsible independent reporting.

Journalistic Excellence:

Online journalists should uphold traditional high principles in reporting original news for the Internet and in reviewing and corroborating information from other sources.

Freedom of _Expression;

The ubiquity and global reach of information published on the Internet offers new information and educational resources to a world-wide audience, access to which must be unrestricted.

Freedom of Access:


News organizations reporting on the Internet must be afforded access to information and events equal to that enjoyed by other news organizations in order to further freedom of information.

KOJA OBJECTIVES;

1. To bring together young and energetic journalists who are hoping to excel further in online Journalism.

2. Promote online Journalism and ensure many local journalists venture into the ICTs i.e. Internet.

3. Promote networking between local and international ICT-Journalists.

4. Promote online research and information management among local Journalists.

5. Mobilize NGOs, ICT Sector and Government to promote importance online journalism.

6. Promote good working relationship between members and their organizations on ICTs reportage.

7. Promote online Journalism in local journalism institutions.

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