Nation Media Group has also overhauled its editorial desk “to respond to the rapidly changing market demands” and improve quality of content across its media platforms.

“These demands impose a need on us to produce the highest level of quality content across all our media platforms,” NMG’s Editor in Chief Tom Mshindi says in a circular to all staff. “For our print platforms in particular, the imperative for Day 2 journalism (comprehensive, analytical, data-based stories) has never been more urgent. Our processes will also be re-organised to ensure that the focus on quality is underscored right from story origination.”

The changes, which include surprise demotions and promotions, appear geared at repositioning journalists based on their strengths, since some top writers who had been made editors have been made reporters again.

The biggest move is that of Mr Dennis Galava, previously Managing Editor, Saturday  Nation, who has been appointed Managing Editor, Special Projects and Investigations.

“After a sterling stint as ME for the Saturday, Dennis has taken on an equally significant role and will lead a team of writers responsible for originating exclusive content for all our platforms. This is going to be a pivotal role in our news origination and quality enhancement initiative as it to lead the production of very high quality, exclusive copy that reinforces the s*******y of print as the platform for comprehensive, analytical and interpretative copy,”  Mr Mshindi says.

Mr Galava, who just came back from studies abroad, will be accountable to both GMEs but will administratively report to the GME Weekends, Eric Obino.

The biggest winner is perhaps long-serving revise editor Tim Wanyonyi, who has been confirmed as Managing Editor, Saturday Nation. “Tim has done a great job as acting ME for close to a year. He is expected to drive renewed growth for the publication and breathe fresh life into the Saturday Magazine,” says Mr Mshindi.

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Mr John Kamau, currently on the Business Daily team, has been transferred to the Special Projects desk as a Senior Writer.  Kamau is known for his informatory and historical writings.  “Thrilled to be going back to full-time writing and research. It has been a while,” he said on his Facebook page. Patrick Nzioka, currently the Assignment Editor, has been moved to the Special Projects desk as a Senior Writer in a move that is being celebrated by writers.

Mr John Agunda, previously Group Training Editor has been re-designated Revise Editor.  Ms Catherine Wanyama, the Daily Nation Revise Editor, has been transferred to the Business Daily to replace John Kamau.   Edwin Okoth joins the Special Projects team as a staff reporter, while Isaac Ongiri moves to Special Projects team as a Senior Writer.

Mr Ngare Kariuki joins the Special Projects team as a Staff Reporter and Leonard Gushu, a sub-editor on the Daily Nation, has been promoted to Regional Editor, Nyeri.   Mr Dan Otieno, currently Regional Editor Nyeri, has been re-deployed to Nairobi to join the Saturday Nation team as a Senior Writer.

Meanwhile, Macharia Gaitho and Jaindi Kisero will leave the media company at the end of August after opting to retire early. See story HERE

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