In this email interview, Otieno discussed the group’s activities on digital platforms, their recent success with a major data journalism project, and his goals for this year.
WAN-IFRA: As managing editor for digital, what are your main duties?
Churchill Otieno: I oversee our publishing to digital platforms – mobile, websites, apps. In some spaces this involves defining standards that meet our editorial policy then monitoring their observance, in other areas it means driving operational teams daily. I’m also part of a core senior-level team that scopes and plans new areas for digital growth.
How many journalists does Nation Media Group have? Do they all work for both print and digital, or do you have some specialists?
NMG has about 200 journalists in Kenya and about a similar number in Uganda and Tanzania. Many identify as print journalists and just about 20 percent are linked to broadcast platforms. Currently, a newsroom project is encouraging all to identify as web-first.
What is your group doing on social media and what are the main digital platforms you work with?
How much of your digital audience is coming to you from mobile devices vs. desktop computers?
The share of audience from mobile has been growing steadily over the years and stands currently at about 70 percent.
What have been some of your favourite digital successes in the past year?
We have successfully established a data journalism project that we are very proud of www.nation.co.ke/newsplex (pictured in the screenshot below).
What are some of your digital goals for this year?
Working to grow audiences, and get more people in our newsrooms involved in digital publishing.
WAN-IFRA’s Digital Media Africa conference takes place at the Maslow Hotel in Johannesburg on 28-30 September. It features South African, African and global speakers including TMG’s Lisa MacLeod, Toyosi Ogunseye, editor of the Sunday Punch in Nigeria, Media24’s Esmare Weideman, Quartz’s Jamie Labate and Peter Zollman of AIM in the US, among others. To book, click here.
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