2.13 Building and Using Capacity
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In 2010 TMF collaborated with the Voices of Africa Media Foundation (VOAMF) to organize a training on mobile phone reporting. One of the five participants was reporter Mugini Jacob, a correspondent for the Daily News based in Tarime District in Mara Region and recipient of a TMF Regional Grant. His outstanding performance as mobile reporter won him two opportunities from VOAMF: training mobile phone reporters in the Democratic Republic of Congo in May 2011 and attendance of the Global Media Forum in Bonn in June, 2011 followed by an extended tour to the Netherlands.
That same year, Mugini was engaged by TMF to train reporters in 34 wards in Sengerema District, Mwanza Region, in mobile phone reporting. This was part of an institutional grant of TMF to Sengerema Community Radio. His rich experience in mobile phone reporting was also shared at other TMF occasions, such as at a networking meeting in Iringa with leaders of regional press clubs under UTPC.
Mugini Jacob (2011) says: “The mobile phone reporting project has really been beneficial to me, especially in terms of exposing me to New Media. Prior to the training, I never knew a mobile phone was a handy tool for journalists in capturing or recording news events. I have realized Mobile Phone Reporting can be a good source of employment rather than just remaining in the traditional newsrooms. My diligence of uploading reports on the VOAMF website also widened my contacts by getting assignments whereby Africa Interactive contracted me to do a story for them for which I was handsomely paid.”