In this fast changing media landscape, young writers are at the core of leveraging the gap brought forward by a digitised media landscape.  

This is according to Tanzanian journalist, publisher and editor Simon Mkina. 

“We need new energy in the newsroom to change the way we used to report. The newsroom needs speed, accuracy and more collaborative journalism where the world is headed,” he said.

He emphasised that more than the “old guards”, young writers can affect a new era for journalism where speed, agility and new technologies bring positive change into the society. 

Mkina’s words ring true for Encourage a Young Writer Day (April 10), a commemoration that motivates young writers to hone their writing worldwide. 

On Encourage A Young Writer Day, young writers are encouraged to follow their dreams and build their writing skills as they are the next generation of storytellers, change-makers, narrative-changers and perception-shifters.

Kenyan journalist Mukami Mungai advises journalists to not only preserve but to also empower themselves through available opportunities to be able to navigate the ever-evolving digital world.

“Network, learn from mentors and enrol for online courses so that you can learn more and sharpen your skills.” she said. 

Despite heightened pressure, writers should stay true to themselves in a media environment that’s very demanding of writers, said Nigerian editor and writer Yejide Gbenga-Ogdare. 

“Do what is convenient for you. Writers young and old should do what is convenient for them and not follow other people’s paces. Stay true because youre the future of the world,” she said.

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