Participants at the CNN Media forum ahead of AJAs at Zen Gardens, Nairobi

As Nairobi prepares for the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards 2015, journalists drawn from different African countries converged at Zen Garden, Nairobi for the CNN Media Forum.

With the upcoming CNN Multichoice African Journalist Awards 2015 on Saturday 10 October, Nairobi finds itself yet again a hot bed of talent as journalists from the continent fill the various hotel rooms as they prepare to take home various awards.  
 
For many of the finalists, their itinerary is busy as various events have been scheduled before the main event. Today on Friday, 9 October the nominees and major media players met at the popular Zen Gardens restaurant in Nairobi for the CNN Media Forum to discuss the way forward for journalism in Africa.
 
The media forum was divided into two sessions. Session one's theme was dubbed 20 Years of African Journalism, moderated by KTN's John Allan Namu. In this session, journalists on the panel shared personal experiences and changing trends in the CNN Journalist of the year awards.
 
Joana Mantey, a freelance journalist from Ghana talked about the change in media dictatorship and censorship  to the media freedom we enjoy today. Then Wanja Njuguna, a member of the judging panel for this year's AJAs, talked about the reducing depth in real journalism as digital media sphere takes over traditional media where many a journalist agreed to disagree. 
 
After a quick tea break,session two began moderated by CNN Africa correspondent  David McKenzie who led the discussion of the different platforms available from radio to print to the digital sphere.
 
There was a general consensus that with the surge of mobile phones, traditional journalism is slowly becoming extinct as shorter attention spans, very fast internet speeds and smaller screen become a reality. This session left everyone in limbo as the traditionalist fought the emerging media journalist but all agreed that the end game should be good stories told well and with passion and accuracy. 
 
A hearty lunch was served as a jazz band entertained the delegation. Comedian Eric Omondi was there as the main rib cracker, even hosting a small quiz on general knowledge of Multichoice, CNN and Kenyan geography. 
 

Feast your eyes on what went down at the CNN Media Forum at the Zen Garden, All this in preparation for the CNN Multichoice African Journalist Awards 2015 to take place tomorrow at the KICC, Nairobi.

 

Don't miss the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards as it airs on AfricaMagic World on Sunday 18 October at 18:00.