For the first time in the country’s media history, all the major newspapers will end of the year without their top editors who exited in the course of 2017 for one reason or the other.
They are Joseph Odindo (Editorial Director, Standard Media Group), Tom Mshindi (Editor-in-Chief, Nation Media Group), Maina Muiruri (Managing Editor, People Daily) and David Makali (Head of Content, Radio Africa/The Star).
JO, as he is popularly known among journalists, joined The Standard in April 2014. A newsroom veteran, he worked with The Standard as a young sub-editor in the 1980s.
In addition, he was the founding editor in 1994 of The East African, The Nation Media Group’s regional weekly and served as managing editor of the Daily Nation from 1999 to 2004. He served as the Group Editorial Director from 2007 to 2014.
Mshindi lefter on November 23 this year.Board chairman Wilfred Kiboro said Mr Mshindi, 57, is retiring but his age betrays that explanation. Insiders say the board decided not to renew his contract due to his decisions in the management of Nation Media’s editorial department, which has been facing upheavals during the better part of his stint as editor-in-chief.
Mshindi was appointed the Editor-In Chief on 5 June 2015. He worked for the Nation Media Group as a journalist rising to the position of Managing Editor of the Daily Nation before joining UNICEF as an editor in New York. He also served as UNICEF’s chief of communications in its Nigeria programme.
He worked as the Chief Executive Officer of the Standard Media Group before taking up appointment as the Managing Director.
Maina worked at People Daily for eight years from The Standard Group where he served in various positions. He is an excellent in feature writing.
The audit revealed the existence of ghost workers and contributors, where some people were paid for doing nothing, while others had their earnings inflated. Maina was given an feature writing and editing.
Makali was set to exit on November 30 exactly on year after opting not to renew his contract. He has been a senior editor in Kenyan newspapers and regularly appears on television as a political analyst. He previously worked as a communications advisor to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission before briefly going into politics in Bungoma. He has also taught journalism