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Carlvins Ouma
Odera
Reporter at Reuters, South Sudan
Country of Origin: 
Kenya
Sponsor: 
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Date of Fellowship: 
Hilary and Trinity terms 2015
Research Paper Title: 
Failed media, failed democracy? The role of journalists in the making of South Sudan

Carl Odera is an independent researcher and freelance journalist from Eastern Africa, currently based in Juba, South Sudan.

Winner of the Africa Story Challenge Grant (a project by the African Media Institute, supported by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) with the documentary project “Down Flows the River. A story of the Nile, as told by its own people”. The 30-mins documentary was shot across three countries: Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan. A reportage focusing on Lake Victoria and the Kenyan water basin was published on January, 14 on the national daily The Star.

Odera started his career in 2007 at the height of the post election violence in Kenya with MarsGroup Kenya, a good governance watchdog nongovernmental organization in Nairobi.

Research Paper Title: 
Failed media, failed democracy? The role of journalists in the making of South Sudan

This research project aims to investigate the role played by the media in the making of South Sudan, as well as in the aftermath of the ongoing conflict, with the journalists, analysts, activists and academics, active both in South Sudan and abroad.

Internet Picks: 

https://cpj.org/blog/2013/12/reporting-on-south-sudan-crisis-difficult-dangerou.php

http://www.reuters.com/places/africa

www.gurtong.net

Above websites are important, in my past work in the case of Reuters. As a freelance journalist working in South Sudan, I have come to appreciate the work CPJ in helping in the protection of journalists. Gurtong as a media advocacy NGO in South Sudan is key in a country where media freedom is measured by authorities.