The Standard Media Group (SMG) has announced changes in its newsroom in a restructuring move that will see big names in the editorial department moved to new positions.
In an internal memo by the editor-in-chief Ochieng Rapuro, the media house said that the changes were part of a bigger scheme to “streamline operations and consolidate the gains made so far”.
“It has been eight months of operation in our converged newsroom. We have tested its workings and now have a fairly clear picture of what is working for us and what we can do better. As part of our quest to streamline our operations, consolidate the gains we have made this far, I have made the following appointments to key newsroom positions,” said Rapuro.
Long-serving Intake Editor Kizito Namulanda, who led convergence initiative as project manager, will now takes full charge of broadcast platforms (TV & Radio) as the Editor in charge of Innovation and Content. Mr Namulanda is a seasoned journalist with years of experience in television and radio journalism.
Nzau Musau, a seasoned political and current affairs journalist and editor will assume the position of Intake Editor. Mr Musau, who has served as one of the pioneer continuity editors in the converged newsroom is one of the group’s most experienced news editors. He is expected to continue the ongoing task of aligning the news gathering operation with the converged structure.
Nganga Mbugua James, an experienced journalist, who has served as managing editor of the Saturday Nation and Business Daily has been appointed to the position of Deputy Editor Print Daily.
“Mr Mbugua, a prolific writer, who is well known in literary circles and has authored many books, brings to our print platform many years of experience in writing, editing and newsroom management that is needed to keep our print business robust and valuable to discerning audiences, who depend on us for in-depth and incisive journalism,” said Rapuro.
Sophia Wanuna, who has been serving as Broadcast Editor in an acting capacity resumes her substantive position as Deputy Editor Broadcast.
John Mwaura has been moved to the SuperDesk as Continuity Editor while Roselyn Obala, a former Politics Editor, takes charge as City Editor.
Fred Indimuli, who quit KBC’s “Dream Team” three months ago, is the new Editor, Politics while Mark Oloo will be the new Quality Assurance Editor, Print Hub.
Nicholas Asego has been appointed as the Quality Assurance Editor, Print Hub while former People Daily Features Editor Wairimu Nyingi becomes the new Quality Assurance Editor, Print Hub. Nyingi was serving The Standard as the Entertainment Editor, a position filled by Stevens Muendo.
Other appointments include Eddy Talam (Deputy Editor, Counties), Augustine Oduor(Deputy Editor, City), Fred Kagonye and George Maringa who have been appointed as reporters to the Radar Desk (News and Current Affairs).
“These appointments take effect immediately,” said Rapuro.