As part of WRENmedia’s ongoing capacity building for African scientists and science reporters, 12 Kenyan journalists (print and radio) undertook a five-day training workshop in Nairobi. The workshop was organised in partnership with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) and CABI, and research staff from these institutes received media awareness training, as part of the workshop. The journalists attended three field trips – one organised by each institute – in order to gather stories on fodder shrubs, growing niche crops and CABI’s Plant Clinic programme. This report gives an overview of the course, and feedback from participants.
Lessons learned included: inviting participants from one country provides greater value for money; involvement of partner organisations offers shared benefits to WRENmedia, the workshop participants and the partner organisation staff; trainees would value more time for discussions with scientists; trainees want more information about training programme prior to workshop; reducing number of field visits to two might be worthwhile to allow more time for learning lessons during the production phase.