Zeynab Wandati is a seasoned journalist with a passion for science journalism, sustainability, and multimedia storytelling. Boasting a robust career in broadcast journalism since 2010, Zeynab embarked on a transformative journey by joining the Master of Arts in Digital Journalism (MADJ) programme at Aga Khan University's Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC).
The eldest of two children, Zeynab discovered her calling early on, inspired by trailblazing journalist Jamila Mohamed. Today, she is the Sustainability Editor at the Nation Media Group, where she focuses on agriculture, environment, and climate change.
Zeynab, a broadcast journalism graduate for over 12 years, did not make the decision to pursue her Master's degree at GSMC immediately. The catalyst was an opportunity for a scholarship at the school, which would allow her to improve her skills and delve into digital journalism.
The MADJ programme began at a pivotal period in Kenya's media landscape marked by a digital transition. For her, the most memorable aspect of the orientation was the collective excitement among faculty and students, coupled with the announcement of financial aid. Zeynab was impressed by GSMC's cutting-edge facilities and felt the emphasis on hands-on learning to be critical. Learning mobile journalism (MOJO) became a turning point, driving her to the title of "MOJO Queen" in the newsroom.
As the sole breadwinner for her family, Zeynab attests that the GSMC scholarship she received eased a significant financial burden. She adds that finishing the programme while working full-time and caring for her family was a significant accomplishment.
Zeynab plans to devote the next year or two to continual study and skill growth, now that she has gained digital journalism competence. She is also interested in mentoring young journalists and has already established mentoring links in the field of science journalism.