“Alikulalia Usiku Mzima Mpaka Umeshindwa Kuandika” Female Journalist Reveals All The Shocking Things Women Go Through In The Newsroom Having Worked At Citizen TV For 4 Good Years!!! (Full Details)

JUDY KOSGEI

Judy Kosgel formerly Citizen TV, Kenya with the Thomson Foundation Young Journalist award she received at the Foreign Press Association Media Awards 2013, at the Park Lane Hotel in London, Tuesday 19th November 2013. PA Images photo by Steve Parsons

I AM A WOMAN, A WOMAN JOURNALIST
By Judy Kosgei – Ekwam

Woman, you are only a good journalist until you decide to focus, further your studies or start a family, while at it . You will be insulted, Your baby ?, Spouse or family will too. Why? It’s the newsroom for a woman . I tried to figure out the editorial connection to this, in vain.

 

Woman journalist, you will become immune to the insults, but before you get to the ‘immune’ level, you will cry, sulk, hate the very job you love, your esteem will be shredded into small invisible pieces, you will doubt your capability, you will have a truck load of unanswered questions – nothing ‘woman’ about them.
The beauty is, the passion in you never dies. The fire to always be a better writer, story teller, will keep burning, even if it’s a flicker. That woman was me.

 

** * Insert effect – Deep to color ****( I still love TV production/editing)

” where is your script, you were a good reporter until you decided to get married, what did he give you, huyo *insert tribe* alikulalia usiku mzima mpaka umeshindwa kuandika” shouts an editor across the newsroom * some of the insults with regard to this, are too obscene to post in a public space *

 

Then God blesses Woman journalist with a baby ?
” Do you think your baby is so special, mtoto wako si mayai ati lazima ulalie, we have babies too **man speaking** that baby has slowed you down. Judy, when it happens, don’t say I never warned you.”
…but they are just words, I would console myself.

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