The Department of Communication and Journalism is established and equipped to offer competitive programmes that promote growth and development of communication arts with emphasis on mass communication and free flow of information in society.
The department designs and provides academically based communication courses aligned to KEMU’s central mission of preparing students for “careers, advanced studies, and productive citizenship in an increasingly global economy and technological world.”
To be a leading media training institution in the region committed to producing a new generation of professional communicators and journalists in a globalized environment.
To contribute to the development of the society by training high quality professional communicators and journalists
The departmental aim is to produce competent, well-trained journalists and communicators who can keep fellow citizens informed effectively and impartially in a democratic society. Such journalists and communicators are essential to a well functioning mass media system as well as to social and economic development of the country.
The Department of Communication and Journalism has three divisions namely: Academic, Administration and Technical.
DEPARMENT LEADERSHIP AND ADMINISTRATION
Each of these divisions is run by the following faculty and staff:
DR. Barnabas Githiora - Chair of Department
Prof. Okumu Bigambo - Associate Professor
Mr. Peter Mwaura - Senior Lecturer/Chair Credit Transfer Committee
Mr. Edwin Nyutho - Senior Lecturer
Mr. Macharia Kiruhi - Senior Lecturer
Ms. Christine Nguku - Lecturer
Ms. Mercy Buria - Assistant Lecturer/Examinations Officer
Ms. Idah Muchunku - Assistant Lecturer
Mr. Bukachi Ordinah - Senior Administrative Assistant
Mr. John Muriungi - Senior Technician
Mr. Michael Mwangi - Technician
Faculty of Education and Social Sciences
The department endeavours to:
1. Optimize student enrolment
2. Offer high quality market-driven courses
3. Recruit, develop and retain high quality faculty and staff
4. Promote innovative teaching and learning
5. Strengthen the open and distance learning mode
6. Promote high quality research culture
7. Enhance information and communication technology capacity
8. Improve service delivery in the university
9. Ensure planned growth and expansion
ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES ON OFFER
The Department of Communication and Journalism currently offers a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Journalism.
This competitive degree programme offers an integrated introduction to the fundamentals of journalism and communication arts, which forms the core courses, after which students are introduced to more advanced and specialized areas of journalism and communication arts and technologies.
MODES OF STUDY
The programme is offered in full-time and part-time basis through face to face lectures, discussions, assignments, research, practical exercises, seminars, group work activities, and on-the-job exposure (attachment to the industry).
ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES IN THE PIPELINE
In addition to the Bachelors degree, the department is about to finalise and also launch the following programmes:
i. Diploma in Communication and Journalism
ii. Master of Arts in Communication
iii. Master of Arts in Journalism
iv. Doctor of Philosophy in Communication
i. from other institutions of higher learning, and,
ii. who hold post-high school diplomas and certificates
from recognized tertiary institutions may apply to join the Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Journalism programme as transfer students. Testimonials of good standing from their previous institutions are a requirement.
The Bachelor of Communication & Journalism program is offered in nine trimesters with the first seven trimesters offering six courses. Each course is equivalent to 3 credit hours. The eighth trimester shall offer three elective courses each with equivalent to 3 credit hours and a Research Project equivalent to 4 credit hours. The ninth trimester shall offer a Practicum (internship) equivalent to 6 credit hours.
APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION
To be admitted into the program, a candidate must satisfy any of the following minimum requirements:
i. Be a holder of KCSE (or equivalent examination) certificate with a minimum aggregate of C+ and a minimum of C in English,
ii. Be a holder of KACE certificate with a minimum of two principal passes, two subsidiaries and a minimum of a credit pass in English at KCE,
iii. Be holder of diploma in communication or Journalism from an institution recognized by the University Senate; those with credit or distinction may be admitted in the second year of study.
After a successful completion of the Bachelor of Communication and Journalism program, graduates can
qualify for employment opportunities with newspapers, magazines, television networks, and other forms of written and electronic media.
Below are examples of Job titles the graduates can attain.
- News Reporter
- Media Researcher
- Public relations specialist
- Broadcast News Reporter
- Advertising Manager
- Director or Producer (Television, Radio and Film)
Kenya Methodist University not only offers high quality education but also trains the students to be professional and ethical in their field of study. This helps the graduates offer quality service and be productive in the job market.