11 Mar 2011

Kwanza Jamii Njombe's first external evaluation. By 14 Form 4 students

A class of form 4 students from Mpechi Secondary School visited Daraja on Thursday as part of a journalism project for their Swahili class. We are giving them a page to produce in our next issue and they gave us their feedback on the first seven issues of the paper. This feedback is produced in full here first in the original Swahili, and translated into English below. As with any external evaluation, we don't agree with everything they've said, but there are some very good points in there.


Sifa za Gazeti 

  1. Mwonekano wa picha ni mzuri
  2. Ujumbe ni  mzuri
  3. Linaburudisha na kuelimisha
  4. Huonya jamii
  5. Linatoa nafasi ya maoni
  6. Jina la gazeti linaendana na habari zilizomo
  7. Linafichua maovu
  8. Chombo cha habari
  9. Habari nzuri za kusisimua
Mapendekezo
  1. Katika kipengele cha uchumi na biashara waongeze kipengele kuhusu hali ya biashara, mfano bei ya mazao ya biashara na kutangaza masoko ya kibiashara
  2. Katika kipengele cha habari ziandikwe habari tu bila matangazo, na matangazo yawekwe katika kipengele cha burudani
  3. Katika kipengele cha historia ya Njombe waongea historia si wilaya ya Njombe peke yake 
  4. Ili gazeti liweze kukubaliwa zaidi na zaidi na jamii liongezwe kipengele cha stori na chemsha bongo
  5. Mawakala wa kukusanya habari waongezeke katika wilaya zote za mkoa
  6. Vichwa vya habari vya kuvutia
  7. Wapite vituo mbalimbali ili kupata maoni ya wanajamii mfano shuleni
  8. Watumie misamihati inayoeleweka
  9. Kuinua vipaji mashuleni na wanajamii kwa kuwapa kipaumbele katika kutangaza vipaji vyao au fani zao

And now the English version

Qualities of the Paper
  1. The pictures look good
  2. The messages are good
  3. It both educates and entertains
  4. It warns society [about problems and abuses]
  5. It gives space for people's opinions
  6. The name of the paper matches the content
  7. It uncovers rottenness [in society]
  8. Platform for news
  9. Good and interesting news
Recommendations
  1. The economics and business section should include a section on the state of business, for example the price of produce or promoting markets
  2. The news section should not include adverts, the adverts should be moved to the entertainment section
  3. The local history section should be expanded beyond just Njombe district
  4. To get more and more community acceptance the paper should have stories, quizzes, etc.
  5. More journalists should be recruited to report from all across the region
  6. The headlines should be more attractive
  7. Reporters should visit various institutions to gather opinions from different social groups, such as school students
  8. The language used in the paper should be easy to understand
  9. The paper should support people's talents by giving them space to promote their skills or activities