In the recent past Mombasa County experienced an influx of journalists practicing the once respected profession countrywide.
However, journalism has been slowly dwindling with the profession marred by unending intrigues and shame among those practicing.
Are journalists at crossroads to an extent that they cannot demarcate the boundary between fake and real journalists, between quacks and well trained journalists, between dedicated and hungry journalists?
All these concerns need to be collectively addressed by the professionals specifically in Mombasa.
During the former Coast regional coordinator Nelson Marwa’s era up to 100 journalists would attend his press briefing.
One would query, does Mombasa County host 100 media houses and news bureaus to send 100 or more reporters to a single press briefing?
A single radio station for example can send up to 6 or 7 news reporters and presenters too to a single press briefing! Some of these reporters do not even carry news recorder or notebooks so how do they record the happenings or keynote addresses?
This trend is slowly tarnishing the once respected profession, journalism, which is now a disrespected job where even the news sources ignore journalists.
This is also instilled to students who some defer their studies after their attachment and opt to jump from one function to another even after completing their attachment.
So what yielded to the flooded journalism profession within Mombasa?
Unpaid journalists who turn out to be dangerous people in the society, half-baked journalists who don’t receive the required journalism training in colleges and universities with some of these factors being free food, alcohol and cash.
Only the Media Council of Kenya can streamline the pathetic situation.
The issuance of press cards should be done after rigorous vetting, those without professional documents from Diploma level up words be denied the special journalist identification card and news sources to only engage professional journalists and deter from working with purported ‘brokers’ or quacks who have ruined the profession especially in Mombasa.
The government regulatory body should closely monitor and restore sanity within Mombasa media sector.