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Lola Kenya Screen’s Internship Lands Youth Media Job

Harry Kiplagat Yegon, Video Production Intern, From Technician to Artist, Lola Kenya Screen Internship, Nairobi, April-August 2015

By Harry Kiplagat Yegon I can now proudly say that I am a fully equipped media practitioner after going through a four-month internship in video production at Lola Kenya Screen. Prior to this experience that fully equipped me to effectively put in practice what I had theoretically studied in college, I could not have claimed to have been a media practitioner though I held a diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication. RELATED:I Found My Career Path and Forged Lifelong Friendships at Lola Kenya Screen During my 16-week internship at Lola Kenya Screen I managed to complete at least 90 per cent of the work given to me. This was such a great achievement for me. I was also exposed to other areas like film criticism, media and information literacy and talent and event management. I have now graduated from an assembly line technical producer to a creative one. Upon completion of the internship I applied for the position of a Video production and editing officer and was invited for an interview alongside 50 other applicants I later learnt were university graduates. I emerged as the only successful candidate and I was offered a job. I now look forward to a very successful career in journalism. RELATED:Support Lola Kenya Screen In my free time I plan to offer support services to Lola Kenya Screen as they gave me a chance to hone my skills. Lola Kenya Screen had offered to retain me after my internship due to my exemplary performance. I . . . thank the Lola Kenya Screen managing trustee and the creative director for holding my hand through the internship period especially during the times when I felt overwhelmed with work. RELATED:Lola Kenya Screen Marks 12 Years of Celebrating Movies! I encourage the management of Lola Kenya Screen to …

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Lola Kenya Screen Appeals for Support

Junxia Mbithe Mbeti of Multimedia University of Kenya,, Video Production Intern

We have introduced cost-sharing charges for all our services with effect from January 1, 2016. This comes at a time when many not-for-profit creative and cultural initiatives across Africa are closing down due to ‘lack of funding’, ‘funding constraints’, or ‘lack of operational funding’. RELATED:My Graduation from Mechanical to Creative Producer We, being a non-profit, non-aligned and non-sectarian organisation operating on humanist principles, rely on support from society to conduct our weekly school outreach, fortnightly mobile cinema, monthly film forum, quarterly internship and annual festival programmes. Rather than close down, we are turning to the beneficiaries of our services to contribute towards meeting the cost of service delivery. The introduced ‘service charge’ will cover just 10%-20% of the cost of the service sought as our services must remain within the reach of every eligible child and youth in eastern Africa. RELATED:Zimbabwean Youth Flies to Kenya for Adventure and Learning Of particular concern is the continuation of the Internship programme that equips final year university students (and out-of-school youth) with job market skills besides contributing to their graduation grades. That Internship is crucial is underscored by the finding of a survey of the Inter-University Council for East Africa in 2014 that indicates that more than half of all graduating students in the five-country East African Community block lack hands-on skills for the job market. RELATED:How to Secure That Internship in Media & Information! We have since 2005 been equipping children and youth in eastern Africa with practical, entrepreneurial skills in Media and Information Literacy; Creative Writing; Cultural Journalism & Criticism; Event Planning and Presentation; Video Production; Web Development; and Graphic Design.

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My Graduation from Mechanical to Creative Producer

Harry Kiplagat Yegon, Video Production Intern, From Technician to Artist, Lola Kenya Screen Internship, Nairobi, April-August 2015

By Harry Kiplagat Yegon Serving at Lola Kenya Screen as a video production intern over the past four months has been invaluable; it has boosted my production aptitude and given me better focus. RELATED: Lola Kenya Screen Inspires Me into pursuing Public Relations Career Lola Kenya Screen has equipped me well to effectively put in practice what I had theoretically studied in Journalism/Mass Communication. I can now say that I am a fully equipped media practitioner, something that I could not have flaunted before joining Lola Kenya Screen as I couldn’t really tell to which department of media I belonged. I am grateful for the support of the company’s managing trustee and creative director for being of a great help to me, especially during the time that I felt overwhelmed by the pressure of work. RELATED: How Filming Companies Can Help Boost Your Business I manage to complete at least 90% of the work given to me during my 16 weeks of internship. This is a great achievement by any standard. I was also exposed to other areas like film criticism, media and information literacy and talent and event management. I have now graduated from a purely assembly line technical producer to a creative one as well! It will be of great advantage if the management increases the number of interns in every department for more productivity to be generated. I also urge the management to come up with a television channel to produce and air cultural stories from eastern Africa through which video production interns could showcase their talents. This will further expand the screening avenues beyond the current weekly school outreach, fortnightly mobile cinema, monthly film forum and annual film festival. Lola Kenya Screen offers 8-16-week internship to final year university students in Media and Information Literacy, Creative …

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Lola Kenya Screen Inspires Me into pursuing Public Relations Career

Leah Loreni, left, with ArtMatters.Info writer Daisy Nandeche Okoti during the 88th Lola Kenya Screen film forum at Goethe-Institut on 27.07.15

By Leah Amani Loreni When I joined Lola Kenya Screen in April 2015 as a Public Relations Intern having studied Journalism/Mass Communication, I almost lost hope as it appeared like I was taking rather long in mastering the craft of writing proposals, having taken only a single unit in PR in college. However, through guidance from my supervisor, I managed to learn how to write not just proposals but also persuasive communication in general. RELATED: Lola Kenya Screen Equipped Me with Skills in Cultural Journalism, Arts Criticism and Event Management During my four-month internship programme that ended on August 4, 2015 I had managed to draft five proposals on the various programmes–School Outreach, Community Mobile Cinema, Film Forum, Skills-Development, Movie Festival–that Lola Kenya Screen undertakes throughout the year. I also participated in the planning of the monthly Lola Kenya Screen film forum, in previewing the films to be screened and discussed and also served as a Public Relations Assistant during the events over the entire period of my internship. RELATED: Twelve-Year Old Turns Ordinary Stories into Films! This internship enabled me to not just discover my strengths but also my weaknesses as well: I gained new knowledge and skills; I got new insights and also the motivation to pursue a career in Public Relations and Corporate Communications. Lola Kenya Screen offers 8-16-week internship to final year university students in Media and Information Literacy, Creative writing, Cultural Journalism, Critical Appreciation of Creativity, Event Planning and Presentation, Movie Production, Graphic Design and Website Development.Eligible are students of Media, Information, Communication, Journalism, Mass Communication, TV/Video Production, Visual Communication, Advertising, Literature and related areas. RELATED: Lola Kenya Screen’s Cinematography Workshop Introduces Me to Culture, Ornithology, Botany and Environmental Conservation

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Lola Kenya Screen Turns Interns into Professionals

Wairimu Wanjage preparing articles on strict journalistic deadlines

By Wairimu Wanjage, Communication & Journalism Intern I was attached to the Lola Kenya Screen audiovisual media festival, skills-development programme and marketing platform for children and youth in eastern Africa from January 13 to April 11, 2014. As a Communication and Journalism Intern from Kenya Methodist University, my worked involved writing journalistic articles, reviewing and critiquing films, appreciating arts and creativity, and participating in the monthly Lola Kenya Screen film forum where I had the rare chance to moderate two film discussions and participate in public relation activities. Lola Kenya Screen, I daresay, molded me into a better journalist. I learned about appreciating art and creativity which I had not come across in my school. I found my guide book—How To Write On 1001 Subjects! by Ogova Ondego—quite invaluable. Before coming to Lola Kenya Screen I had assumed writing was easy till I was asked to write articles. As I leave after my 12 weeks here, I do not hesitate to say I am more knowledgeable now than I was three months ago. Though I had always watched movies, I hadn’t realised there was more to a movie than just watching it. For a person to say they have understood a movie one must watch it with a critical eye. A person must be able to outline the themes tackled, be able to point out issues to do with sound, camera, story-line, editing, lighting, casting, acting, dialogue and directing, among many other areas that are tackled in film criticism and appreciation. I have realised that critiquing a movie is a matter of adding value to it so that others can learn from it. During my internship period, my supervisor provoked me to think critically. He introduced me to the concept of media and information literacy which I did not consider …

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Call for Children- and Youth-Made Films on Migration

Youth editing their video during a Lola Kenya Screen mentorship session.

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) again invite the world’s youth to submit original and creative videos focusing on PLURAL+ themes: migration, diversity and social inclusion. Recognizing youth as powerful agents of social change in a world often characterized by intolerance, and cultural and religious divisions, PLURAL+ invites youth to address key challenges related to migrant integration, inclusiveness, identity, diversity, human rights and social cohesiveness, both at local and global levels. Young people up to 25 years old are invited to submit short videos of five minutes maximum in length. Michele Klein-Solomon, IOM Permanent Observer to the United Nations, said, “PLURAL+ videos touch very sensitive issues in a very real way. They look at the realities that people are facing. We like to see young people expressing their profound ideas in a manner that allows the opening of a dialogue.” Jordi Torrent, UNAOC Project Manager, Media and Information Literacy, added: “PLURAL+ videos fit very well in this very relevant conversation: how to build more inclusive societies where we can all live together in harmony.” PLURAL+ supports young people’s expression of their opinions by providing them with a variety of media platforms and distribution networks, including broadcasts, video festivals, conferences and events around the world. PLURAL+ also reinforces the firm belief of IOM and UNAOC that youth are powerful and creative agents of social change. A prestigious international jury will select three winners in each age categories (9-12, 13-17, and 18-25). All the winners will be invited to New York, all travel expenses paid, to present their work at the PLURAL + 2013 Awards Ceremony at the Paley Center for Media on the 5th of December 2013. Mariana Araujo, a member of the PLURAL+ 2012 international jury commented, “For me PLURAL+ is the …

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