Reporting State of the Nation speech was akin to sorting beans from chaff

Uhuru Kenyatta

President Uhuru Kenyatta delivers the State of the Nation Address at Parliament Buildings, Nairobi, on November 30, 2021. 

Photo credit: Jeff Angote | Nation Media Group 

What you need to know:

  • In winnowing President Kenyatta’s address, the reporter needs quick critical thinking and a nose for what is news or important.
  • Separating the beans (reality) from the chaff (political rhetoric) was the reporter’s toughest challenge.

It was a tough assignment to report President Uhuru Kenyatta’s State of the Union address in Parliament on Tuesday. He started reading the speech shortly after 3.30pm but didn’t finish until 6pm. For reporters, writing on tight deadlines for Wednesday morning newspapers, it was hectic.

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