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How To apply for accreditation as a journalist in Kenya

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How To apply for accreditation as a journalist in Kenya by Kenyans247(m): Fri Jan 2020 10:00am
Procedure

To apply for accreditation as a journalist, the applicant has to contact the Media Council of Kenya offices.
The applicant has to make sure he or she has all the required documents that are required for this process to be successful and it can be found under the "Required Documents" section or this page or at Media Council of Kenya http://www.mediacouncil.or.ke/en/mck/index.php/programs/mck-accreditation Accreditation] page.
Payment of appropriate fees should be made and that can be found under the "Fees" section of this page or at Media Council of Kenya Accreditation page. http://www.mediacouncil.or.ke/en/mck/index.php/programs/mck-accreditation
On Completion of this process, the applicant will receive confirmation immediately once all the necessary documents and fees are submitted.

Required Documents

Local Journalists/Media Practitioners

A letter from the employer
Professional Certificate (ORIGINAL) that is either a Degree of Diploma in Communication from a recognised training institution
Portfolio of work done either in Print or Broadcast ( Please provide the work not website links)
A clear passport size digital photograph

Freelance Journalists


A reference letter from an organization that publishes your work
Professional Certificate that is either a Degree of Diploma in Communication from a recognised training institution
Portfolio of work done either in Print or Broadcast ( Please provide the work not website links)
A clear passport size digital photograph


Foreign Journalists

A letter from the employer
Professional Certificate that is either a Degree of Diploma in Communication from a recognised training institution
Portfolio of work done either in Print or Broadcast ( Please provide the work not website links)
A clear passport size digital photograph
Valid Work permit
Passport


Students

A letter from training institution indicating that the student is to go for internship
Valid Student ID
A clear passport size digital photograph

Office Locations & Contacts

Media Council of Kenya

Ground Floor, Britam Centre, Mara/Ragati Road Junction, Upper Hill

P.O. Box 43132- 00100,

Nairobi, Kenya.

Phone: +254 (0) 20 2716265, 2716266, 2737058

Mobile: +254 727 735252, +254 702 558233, +254 702 558234, +254 702 558453

Email: info@mediacouncil.or.ke

Website: http://www.mediacouncil.or.ke

Eligibility

The following are eligible for accreditation;

Journalists working in media enterprises
Freelance journalists
Foreign Journalist
Students pursuing media, journalism and communication studies
Public Relations Practitioners
Advertising Companies
Media Trainers



Fees

Local Journalist: Kshs 2,000

Foreign Journalist: Kshs 10,000

Foreign Journalist (Short Term - 3 Months): Kshs 5,000

Student: Kshs 300

MPESA PAYBILL NO. 897250 (Kindly note that the Council does not accept cash payments)
1. Go to the MPESA menu,
2. Select payment services
3. Choose Pay Bill option
4. Enter 897250 as the business number
5. Enter your full name as the account number
6. Enter the amount
7. Enter your pin and press Ok

Instructions

All journalists accrediting for the first time with the Media Council of Kenya MUST satisfy requirements for vetting before proceeding with the accreditation process.

Certificates and portfolio should be provided by ALL journalists accrediting for the first time with the Media Council of Kenya.

Students studying in accredited colleges and Universities are eligible for accreditation. This will be issued once satisfaction has been made that the student is in their final phase of their training and is proceeding for industrial attachment.



Required Information

Personal Information

Surname
Other names
Date of birth
Nationality
Id/passport number
Postal address
Telephone number
Fax number
Mobile number
Email address


Media Organisation Details

Name of organisation
Location
Postal address
Telephone
Fax number
Email address
Type of organisation medium
Position held
Contact person
Contact person title
Telephone
Email address


Information which might help

Once a journalist is accredited, they agree to disclosure of their accreditation status including when they were accredited, the organization they work for and their academic qualification.


Other uses of the Document/Certificate

Benefits of Accreditation

Helps in professionalization in journalism.
It helps journalists to access information by allowing participation in conferences, workshops, trainings and other gatherings.
It enhances the protection of the rights and privileges of journalists in the performance of their duties.

Others

The Media Council of Kenya is an independent national institution established by the Media Council Act 2013 for purposes of setting of media standards and ensuring compliance with those standards as set out in Article 34(5) of the Constitution and for connected purposes. The Council started as a self-regulating body in 2004 to regulate media industry in Kenya but transited through the Media Act 2007 and adopted co-regulation media regulation approach, where board members and the Secretariat while receiving government funds to support some of its activities, remain very independent in their operations and are not subject to any form of control.

The Media Council of Kenya undertakes Annual Accreditation of journalists practicing in Kenya for purposes of compiling and maintaining a register of journalists, media practitioners, media enterprises and media training institutions in Kenya.

One of its main aims is to improve professionalism among journalists as it ensures that all accredited journalists have the right skills to carry out their duties in a professional manner as accorded to by the Code of Conduct for the Practice of Journalism in Kenya. It also fulfills the Councils mandate to compile and maintain a register of journalists, media practitioners, media enterprises and such other related registers.

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