Kenyan Journalist shortlisted for CNN award for covering Audrey “Andrew”

The Star Journalist Brenda Okoth is among six Kenyans short listed for this year’s CNN multichoice African Journalists award for her 3-part feature article  Gender identity: The other sex  which tackled  gender identity disorder in Kenya.

Announcing the finalists today, Feria Haffajee, Chair of the Independent Judging Panel said the competition received entries from 42 countries across the continent including French and Portuguese speaking Africa.

“ A tough table of judges was often visibly impressed by the range of stories presented to us. African journalists, as represented by our entries, have risen to the challenge of 2012. The big stories were well-covered. The small stories were not forgotten. We commend the dedication of journalists who are very much part of a rising Africa with rising professionalism, increased appetite for tough and investigative journalism, an eye on those left behind and a deep commitment to telling good stories across many mediums.” Haffajee said.

The winners of the competition will be announced at an Award Ceremony and Gala Evening in Cape Town, South Africa, on  12 October, CNN’s Isha Sesay will host the evening.

An all-expenses paid, four day programme of workshops, media forums, networking has been set up for the finalists during the run up to the award ceremony in October


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