Janet Murikira has won the African Climate Change and Environment reporting (ACCER) Award 2020.
She won in the English Digital Category.
The event was held virtually on the sidelines of a five Day summit by the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5).
Murikira’s story highlighted the symbiotic relationship between bees and Mangrove forests, and how the combination can be used to fight Climate change.
The award-winning story also focused on how a Community in Mombasa is taking advantage of the symbiotic relationship to earn a living.
‘I feel elated about the win. It feels good being recognized because Environment journalism is not your everyday press conference journalism. It takes lots of effort and research to come up with an environment story”, she said.
Murikira who works for Baraka FM as an online Editor, also challenged her fellow scribes to take part in climate change discussion.
“I believe journalists have a key role to play in generating discourse on Climate Change. It’s my hope that such awards will encourage more and more journalists to venture into environment journalism”, she added.
Murikira is currently pursuing a Masters in Media and International Development at the University of East Anglia (UK) through a Chevening Fellowship.