DAR SALAAM – Kenya’s popular emerging local news website thecountydiary.co.ke com has been nominated for Best News Website category at the East African Blog News Association (EABA) in Tanzania.
The East African Blog News Association (EABA) showcases new digital innovation in the industry.
According to the nominations, judges described The COUNTY DIARY website as “Perhaps one of the emerging best digital displays for blogging devolution news in the region thereby proping up Kenya’s fledgling Devolution agenda. The emerging local brand is carried out digitally, but also how storytelling plays such a key role.”
The website, that features RSS Newsfeed and is listed at Google AdWords and feature advertisements from the region and internationally clocks up to over 50K hits daily.
The blog was nominated due to its ‘unwavering and realtime coverage of county news in Kenya’
Judges praised the site’s live updates page for being comprehensive, up to date and for the way it incorporated social media including WhatsApp and Facebook.
“The COUNTY DIARY is an unassuming-looking but engaging blog that covers many different things and covers it well”, said it’s editor Patrick Kimanzi, a profilic political communications expert in Kenya.
The COUNTY DIARY founder Yohana Kimwele , accepting the nomination, said it was a “great honour for the team to be recognised against such strong competition as the best in the world for covering breaking news”
The awards were launched in 2000 and are administered by the Online News Association, in partnership with the Tanzania Technical University.
They seek to recognise excellence in digital journalism and focus on independent, community, nonprofit, major media and international news sites.
Online Journalism Association chairman Anthony Mutemba said: “What’s most gratifying is to see the proliferation of quality work from next-generation digital journalists.
“While there is justifiable concern about the fate of numerous long-established newsrooms, there’s a healthy amount of excellent work coming from a new class of publications that don’t rely on broadcast or print to inform the public.”