Three Mount Kenya University students arrived in London on Monday after winning the 2018 KTN Top Story reality shows competition.
The UK study tour was awarded to Ken Njenga, Samuel Gititu, and Ruth Odiso, for compiling the best report dubbed ‘Taps of Misery.’
“I am interested in establishing a partnership so that we can have exchange programmes with the University of Central Lancashire,” said the head of the department of Journalism and Mass Communication at MKU, Josephat Githua.
Organized by African on Air and the European Center for Journalism, ‘Top Story’ attracted a total of 21 universities and colleges from different parts of the country. However, only four of those made it to the final stage – Multimedia University, Maseno University, Kisii University, and Mount Kenya University.
During the competition, the participants’ physical fitness, writing, editing, interviewing, presentation skills were tested. However, it was a report on the water crisis in Nairobi that enabled the three MKU students to emerge the winners of the ‘Top Story’ competition.
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The report by the MKU students which was titled ‘Taps of Misery’ investigated the causes of water shortage in Githuria, Umoja, Thome, and Mirema.
“They were able to show that it’s actually deliberate so that people can make a kill out of that. So it is an artificial water shortage that is created in collusion with the city council, and other unscrupulous traders or water vendors,” Mr Githua told TV47.
The three students, who were accompanied by their lecturer Mr Githua, will be coming back to Kenya next week on May 26, 2019.