1. Tell us about Chrispine Otieno
I’m 27 years old, a journalist with a humble background, very passionate about life, God-fearing and hardworking, to mention a few.
2. I understand you also do write, talk to me about it,
Chris Citizen Being a trained journalist and as a linguistic enthusiast, I have been attached to Kenya News Agency where the art of writing was nurtured, besides I’m a lover of storybooks It helps me sharpen my skills daily.
3. Have you written any books?
I haven’t, though I’m planning to shortly.
4. Take us through your journalism trail.
Well, it has not been rosy at all; it involved struggle hardworking and determination. At some point, we use to rub shoulders with “senior” journalists. They were fond of looking down upon new entrants into the field more so fresh media students from campus, but with persistence, I managed to overcome it then being in a foreign land far from home trying to curve a niche.
5. I have seen most of the broadcasts you have done, and it must be challenging to report some of the news from the ground, how do you handle it!
6.what part of your work do you love?
Not all journalists can report; first, you have to go through rigorous voice tests. After proving that you are not in any way affected by your first language, you must be smart in both languages. That’s why I shocked my parents when I made my mind to forego taking a Degree in Law at KU to pursue media studies. So, while reporting first, you need to be bold, second know the environment you are in. Then versatility is critical, know how to shoot that is camera work, editing, Voiceovers, Piece to Camera, scripting, etc
7. What advice would you give to the youths looking up to you?
Their background has nothing do with their future; their destiny is in their hands, work smart, let them not crave to start big, start from the low level or even just voluntary work then let your work sell you someone will notice you when you least expect and that will be the beginning of your growth in the industry.
8. Apart from news reporting, is there any side hustle that you do?
I have a company together with my two other colleagues dealing with tenders in school and documentaries for institutions. It keeps me on toes.
9. You did mention that you had to trade courses, were your parents supportive?
Yeah, my parents were very supportive. I was quickly allowed to pursue what I loved most. So in our family, we are two journalists, my elder sister and me.
10.what are some of the mishaps that happen during a recording?
I went to interview a prominent politician, I had travelled far for that critical interview let alone securing the appointment one week before, so when I was just about to start the interview, I realized that I forgot my SD card in the office. Still, I also didn’t want him to know that I forgot such a valuable tool…instead I just pretended to be recording, but in a real sense, nothing was going on my camera was just on a standby mode I later convinced him that the head office wanted some additional information to make the story big that’s when I went back fully set for the interview, and I told him to start again for consistency
13. Do tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
Back in campus,I used to do odd jobs like Mjengo in Kisii, to supplement my pocket money. My elder sister was in her final year at Kampala University and hence every coin was diverted towards her school fees. Since I was also the class rep I could liaise with other guys to secure a lecture hall on my behalf as I toiled to look for extra cash. We used to be paid 200 a day, and the job was too much for me, my parents came to know about this story after I finished campus, they felt so sorry for me.