The Nation Media Group on Thursday made changes in its Editorial department as it seeks to fully entrench processes for a mobile-first, digitally aligned 360-degree content company.
In the changes announced by Editor-in-Chief Tom Mshindi, the company said the new structure would also play a key role in achieving the company’s strategy to protect and grow existing businesses.
“Great progress has been made in the past one year but it is imperative that the pace is accelerated and the focus intensified throughout the department,” Mr Mshindi said in an email sent to staff.
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In the changes, Mr Peter Ngare, who had been the editorial manager, has been appointed the editor of Taifa Leo, the company’s Kiswahili publication.
He will be replaced by Ms Catherine Wanyama, who has been appointed editorial administration manager.
In television, Ms Pamela Asigi was named NTV editor and will be reporting directly to the editor-in-chief.
Mr Peter Munaita, who has been the associate editor with TheEastAfrican, has been appointed head of content.
“He will have the key responsibility of delivering high quality content first for online consumers and then reworking this with other editors for use in other platforms,” Mr Mshindi said of Mr Munaita's new role.
Under him, Mr Dave Opiyo has been appointed the assignments editor.
Mr Kariuki Waihenya has been appointed the head of production.
“Assisted by the DN (Daily Nation) chief sub-editor, Mr Waihenya will lead a pool of all senior sub-editors and sub-editors, and organise schedules to ensure that the daily production work on all the pages produced across the group is executed efficiently,” the editor-in-chief said.
Mr Mwiti Marete, a senior sub-editor, has been named the new Op-Ed editor.
The company also named new associate editors to the three brands of Nation — Mr Bernard Mwinzi (Daily Nation), Mr Francis Wanyonyi (Saturday Nation) and Mr Julius Sigei (Sunday Nation).
“They will have substantive roles to work with editors to originate, supervise and plan the publications to consistently achieve differentiated products with a Day 2 character,” Mr Mshindi said of the associate editors.
The company has also created, for both online and print, the Finishing Hub, whose key deliverable will be powerfully researched stories unique to the platforms.
It will be headed by current Investigative Editor John Kamau for print, and Newsplex’s Dorothy Otieno for online.
The changes took effect on February1.