By FRANKLINE OKUTOYI
Ben Kitilii is news a reporter cum anchor at K24. He joined the station in 2009 as an attachee student from Daystar University. Before shifting to prime news casting, Kitilii reported and anchored sports news.
He advises you always to humble yourself and listen to older people for they have life experience. He also encourages you to impact people’s lives in a positive way. He answered question from pupils of Waithaka Riverside School, Nairobi.
Caleb Josephat, eleven years.
Why are journalists more informed in the society than others? Apart from journalism, which other job would you recommend young people to choose?
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Kitilii: They are informed because they are paid to get information and pass it to other people. Just like myself, who decided to be journalist while in high school, I would urge you to choose a career you are passionate about. Every profession is good as long it is in your heart.
Debora Kemuma, nine years.
How do you feel being a newscaster? Is being handsome and beautiful some of the factors that make journalists secure employment?
Kitilii: Being a newscaster is just a job like any other. Handsomeness or beauty does not make anyone a newscaster. You must be knowledgeable, have confidence and command presence to viewers.
Ridge Munene, eleven years.
While presenting news to viewers, how do you feel? What is your greatest fear and why?
Kitilii: It feels good because I feel I am talking directly to my viewers. My greatest fear when casting news is giving wrong information.
Patriciah Wanjiku, nine years.
Do journalists choose their career because it makes them famous? Are journalists taught in college how to read news without breathing and at a fast pace?
Kitilii: Journalists do not choose to become journalists because it makes them famous. However, it feels good when you are noticed in the streets. Yes, there are skills about presenting news that you are taught in college, but everyone has their unique natural way of reading news. Some read fast others slowly, while others read loudly.