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Salaries for Journalists in Kenya 2021

How much do journalists earn in Kenya? Journalism is a career that most people desire and it has a good pay if you are worthy. Averagely in Kenya, journalists earn a salary of between Ksh. 60,000 to Ksh. 2,000,000 per month.

A journalist carries out research to create content. They also edit the collected news, publish or present the news either on newspapers, magazines or websites. Journalists are also tasked with presenting the news via radio or television. They strive to reach a bigger audience in the possible way available. For this to happen, a journalist must have the skills and knowledge needed to be competent in the field.

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Royal Media Services that owns Citizen Television and affiliate TV and Radio stations has some of the best journalist and pays them well. Averagely journalist at RMS earn between Ksh. 150,000 to Ksh. 2M per month. KTN, NTV and K24 are also some of the media houses that are Known to pay their journalists well.

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As at 2020, the highest paid journalist is Jeff Koinange fetching home over Ksh. 2 Million per month. Jeff Koinange is Very influential and he is one presenter in the country who manages to bring almost every high profile guest to his shows. He has vast experience in media, he worked with CNN and KTN before he was poached by Royal Media services. He is famed for his JKL show and he is also a radio host at Hot 96.

Citizen TV Journalist Jeff Koinange

Here is a list of some of the journalists in Kenya and their approximate monthly earnings.

Journalists in Kenya and their approximate earnings
  1. Jeff Koinange—Ksh 2 Million
  2. Linus Kaikai­­­­­­- Ksh. 2 Million
  3. Joe Ageyo- Ksh. 1.5 Million
  4. Victoria Rubadili—Ksh 650,000
  5. Maina Kageni—800,000
  6. Betty Kyalo—Ksh800,000
  7. Yvonne Okwara –Ksh 600,000
  8. Giddy Ogidi Jambo- Ksh. 700,000
  9. Ghost Mulee-Ksh. 600,000
  10. Daniel Ndambuki aka Churchill—Ksh 500,000
  11. Rashid Abdallah- Ksh. 500,000
  12. Mbusi Ksh 650,000-Ksh 700,000
  13. Caroline Mutoko Ksh 800,000-Ksh1 million
  14. Salim Swaleh Ksh350,000-Ksh500,000
  15. Eric Njoka—Ksh400,000
  16. Lulu Hassan—Ksh 400,000
  17. Lilian Muli—Ksh450,000
  18. Willis Raburu—Ksh500,000
Careers In Journalism

Journalism has quite a number of careers that one can specialize in.Among the notable careers in journalism include:

  • Content writers
  • Editors
  • News Presenters
  • Program directors
  • Reporters
  • Cameramen

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In journalism field a number of factors are considered to determine your worthiness of the pay. Most Media houses are willing to spend a fortune on journalists who will add value to their brand while those who do not add value are likely to receive less or get fired.

Among the factors most media houses consider before you can get that pay cheque are:

  • Experience
  • Skills
  • Location
  • Influence
  • Media House
Media Companies in Kenya
  • Royal Media Services
  • Standard group
  • Nation Media Group
  • Media Max
  • Radio Africa
  • Kenya Broadcasting Cooperation -KBC
Qualities of a good journalist

Qualities and skills needed to become a good journalist includes;

News Reporters at Work
  • Good Communication skills
  • Confident
  • Enthusiast
  • Patient
  • Fluent and good command over languages
  • Inquisitive nature
  • Investigative Mind
  • Alert demeanor
  • Sensitive to different views and life
  • Adaptive and tolerant of changing situations
  • Ability to adhere to dead
  • Ability to differentiate between facts and fictions

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