Solutions Journalism Trainer & Mentor
Francis Mureithi is an accomplished Digital Media and Fact-checking Professional with over 15 years’ experience working in mainstream media in Kenya. Francis rose from a news reporter to a seasoned Editor and Media Manager. He is passionate and experienced in Solutions Journalism Training with a special focus on amplification of social impact stories. Francis has completed numerous courses with various organizations and institutions including Financial Times of UK- FT Strategies and Google News Initiative (GNI) for Digital Revenue Launchpad programme, the Code for Africa for Fact-Checking programme, Women in News for Gender Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (GEDI) programme and currently pursuing the Train the Trainers Programme by Solutions Journalism Network (SJN). He is also a mentor to experienced, mid-career and upcoming journalists and has participated in several mentorship programmes implemented by different organizations. Currently, Francis is working alongside other experienced Media mentors from across the world to mentor young journalists from different media houses in Kenya. This is through a Thomson Reuters Foundation project implemented by the Kenya Editors Guild. Francis was among the top media and communications professionals engaged by the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) to develop and validate the Family Planning Media Toolkit. He was also contracted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a media regional Trainer to train Kenyan journalists on Safety & Security, Election Technology, Forms and Materials ahead of Kenya 2022 General Election. Francis was appointed to the Media Council of Kenya (MCK) Technical Working Group to develop guidelines on the use of Artificial Intelligence, Data and Social Media. At the 2023 Kenya Editors Guild Convention, Francis chaired a panel discussion on the Adoption of Artificial Intelligence in Newsrooms. Francis is passionate about using media to amplify the positive work by individuals and organizations towards the realization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He aspires to see a media landscape that recognizes and amplifies solution-oriented stories of individuals, institutions and organizations mostly working with marginalized and neglected populations. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Digital Journalism from the Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media & Communications, Master of Arts Degree in International Conflict Management from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Languages & Literary Studies from Moi University. Francis currently serves as the Kenya Editors Guild’s Executive Council Member in charge of Online.
Wesley Langat is an award-winning Nairobi-based Environmental freelance journalist; who feted and won several awards for his efforts. These include the First 2022 Africa D4D Journalism Competition where he emerged second in Africa. He passionately covers Climate Change, the Environment, Wildlife Conservation, Land restoration and agriculture. Langat has written articles for several international media outlets including Thomson Reuters Foundation, The Guardian, ClimateHomeNews, The Epoch Times and Italian Inside Over formerly Gli Occhi della Guerra among others. He has participated in several media training such as Restoring Africa’s Dryland Journalism Fellowship and the Climate Tracker Sustainable Food Fellowship. Wesley is a member of Clean Energy Wire.
Janet Gathuki joined Africa Solutions Media Hub in January 2020 for the Solutions Training Programme. The course covering News Writing, Media Ethics, Mobile Journalism, Interviewing Skills and Solutions Journalism gave Gathuki a chance to practice journalism practically by going to the field to do stories and take photos using mobile phones and professional cameras. Gathuki is currently a student at Multimedia University of Kenya pursuing a Diploma course in Mass Communication. Gathuki has been developing multimedia content for Africa Solutions Media Hub, with a keen focus on Gender and Children stories. "I find myself enjoying the course since I am very familiar with most of the topics taught in some of the units through the skills I learnt in Africa Solutions Media Hub. The media organisation has also helped me to improve on my courage and other skills like interviewing skills, photography, news writing and also mobile journalism."
Judy Mwongela is a writer at Africa solutions Media Hub and a recent graduate with a certificate in Graphic Design. With two years of experience Mwongela is not just a writer but also experienced in administrative work ,and responsible for facilitating journalism sessions in the organisation. Her biggest accomplishment to date has been having her stories published and shared to the world, something she is very proud of. In her free time,Judy likes to read ,do art and try out new things with the idea of exploring her abilities.