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Star top editors protest ‘sex predators’ tag by Caroline Mutoko

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The Star newspaper editors have protested to management over ongoing investigations into sex abuse allegations raised by some female employees at Radio Africa Group.

The editors accuse the management and human resources office of mishandling a very sensitive matter, leaving senior male editors with a negative tag and their reputations on the line.

The protest, delivered to HR and management by Star Editor-in-Chief Charles Kerich, came a day after Business Today broke the story of some young ladies working for Radio Africa had complained to management of some editors who were demanding sex from them.

It is also understood that the editors have particularly taken exception with a recent meeting of female employees convened by HR and addressed by among others, Caroline Mutoko, the RAG chief operations officer.

See Also: Sex scandal explodes in Start newspaper newsroom

At the closed-door meeting, where a number of ladies voiced their complains against their male bosses, Caroline is said to have maligned her male colleagues and even told the ladies that “all men are predators”.

The male editors feel the HR failed miserably in handling “ a few” complaints and instead invisted a “kamkunji” of women to complain publicly. An insider at the Star newsroom says the complaints should have been handled on a case by case basis behind closed door to save the reputation of other editors not named by the ladies.

The matter has caused tension at Lion Place, where male editors are no longer walking tall, as they are being treated suspiciously by their female colleagues.

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The whole issue was sparked by one lady who raised a complaint with the human resources office. The HR director then convened a meeting of all female employees, where the issue was discussed and more complainants rose.

This adds to the human resource crisis at Radio Africa, after the exit of nearly all journalists on the business desk. Before that the digital Editor Joseph Kariuki had bolted out, forcing the company to pull off reporter Oliver Mathenge the political news beat to take over from him.

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Veteran journalism don Joseph Mbindyo passes on

He joined the School of Journalism in 1982 and Doctor of Philosophy degree from Stanford University California in the United States.

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Dr Joseph Mbindyo: Is revered by many journalists, including veterans.The media fraternity is mourning the death of journalism lecturer Dr Joseph Mbindyo.

Mbindyo is revered by many journalists, including veterans such as Nation Media Group Editor-in-Chief Tom Mshindi, NMG Executive Editor Mutuma Mathiu and Standard Deputy Editorial Director Kipkoech Tanui, whom he mentored at the University of Nairobi’s School of Journalism (SoJ).

Others include State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu, Deputy President’s Press Service head David Mugonyi and Media Council of Kenya CEO Dr Haron Mwangi.

Many have been paying growing tributes to the don, who passed on at the age of 70.

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“Dr Joseph Mbindyo was our lecturer in communication research methods together with the late Director, Dr Louis Othiambo. We also had the late Dr. John Mutere as PR Lecturer. Mbidyo has died at the age of 70. I am proud to have been taught by Dr. Mbidyo… Joe Kadhi was also a strong pillar of the school. I have all the reason to mourn Mbidyo. He as a great mentor and a leader in media studies and journalism. SOJ and its expansive alumnus will always remember Dr Joseph Mwololo Mbindyo.” lawyer Soyinka Lempaa, a former journalist, who joined SoJ in 2000 said on Facebook.

Dr Mbindyo, who joined the SoJ in 1982 had Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Sociology from the University of Nairobi and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Stanford University California in the United States.

He was also Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Nairobi as well as a consultant for various international organisations.

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Red Alert! 10 ways to identify fake news

Check the author’s sources to confirm that they are accurate. Lack of evidence or reliance on unnamed experts may indicate a false news story

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In a recent study, The Reality of Fake News in Kenya, 90%  of Kenyans have seen or heard false news about the August 8 General Election, with 87% reporting instances of deliberately false – or fake – news. Despite this, very little is done to do away with fake news, both by the government and the consumers. We look at best ten ways to identify and ignore fake/false news:

  1. Be skeptical of headlines.False news stories often have catchy headlines in all caps with exclamation points. If shocking claims in the headline sound unbelievable, they probably are.
  2. Look closely at the URL.A phony or look-alike URL may be a warning sign of false news. Many false news sites mimic authentic news sources by making small changes to the URL. You can go to the site to compare the URL to established sources.
  3. Investigate the source.Ensure that the story is written by a source that you trust with a reputation for accuracy. If the story comes from an unfamiliar organization, check their “About” section to learn more.
  4. Watch for unusual formatting.Many false news sites have misspellings or awkward layouts. Read carefully if you see these signs.
  5. Consider the photos.False news stories often contain manipulated images or videos. Sometimes the photo may be authentic, but taken out of context. You can search for the photo or image to verify where it came from.Fake-news-150x150 Red Alert! 10 ways to identify fake news

ALSO SEE: Survey identifies sources of fake news

  1. Inspect the dates.False news stories may contain timelines that make no sense, or event dates that have been altered.
  2. Check the evidence.Check the author’s sources to confirm that they are accurate. Lack of evidence or reliance on unnamed experts may indicate a false news story.
  3. Look at other reports.If no other news source is reporting the same story, it may indicate that the story is false. If the story is reported by multiple sources you trust, it’s more likely to be true.
  4. Is the story a joke?Sometimes false news stories can be hard to distinguish from humor or satire. Check whether the source is known for parody, and whether the story’s details and tone suggest it may be just for fun.
  5. Some stories are intentionally false.Think critically about the stories you read, and only share news that you know to be credible.

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Low operating costs see NMG profit rise to Sh1.17 billion

NMG’s flagship broadcast units, NTV in Kenya and NTV Uganda, saw operating profit for each double in the half year period, buoyed by strong programming and content popular with audiences. NTV Kenya posted an 18 per cent growth in revenue

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Nation Media Group (NMG) has posted a 2.3 per cent growth in half-year in profit before tax to Sh1.17 billion as at June 2017, reversing a drop last year.

Net earnings were recorded at Sh825.6 million in the first six months of the year compared to Sh785.4 million in the same period in 2016.

The Nairobi bourse-listed media house posted Sh5.27 billion in turnover from Sh5.6 billion as at June 2016.

Chief executive Joe Muganda attributed the performance to lower operating expenses, recovery of pending bills from government, and continued growth of digital advertising revenue.

The company has declared an interim dividend of Sh2.50 per share.

Nation Low operating costs see NMG profit rise to Sh1.17 billion

Nation Media Group’s Editor-in-Chief Tom Mshindi (left) and group chairman Dr Wilfred Kiboro during an investor briefing at a Nairobi hotel today. Photo Credit: DIANA NGILA/NMG

NMG’s flagship broadcast units, NTV in Kenya and NTV Uganda, saw operating profit for each double in the half year period, buoyed by strong programming and content popular with audiences. NTV Kenya posted an 18 per cent growth in revenue.

The company’s digital business saw operating income more than double, with revenue surging 54 per cent, as NMG leveraged on its flagship portal – www.nation.co.ke – and that of other 15 websites to turn online audiences into revenue streams.

Lifestyle magazine KenyaBuzz – where NMG acquired a 51 per cent stake last year – also saw its circulation as well as operating profit double, said Mr Muganda.

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