Monitor Publications Limited has shuffled around its newsroom managers to facilitate the move toward complete digitalisation of its news production and distribution operations.
Managing Director Tony Glencross announced the changes to staff on Wednesday, 7 September 2016.
In the new structure, intended to usher in a “digital first” era, Mr Charles Odoobo-Bichachi, who has been managing editor, is now the executive editor. He is charged with offering leadership in the “management of the day-to-day news gathering, editing and production of the Newspapers” and will also be “responsible for the Editorial aspects of both KFM & Dembe Radio stations”, according to Mr Glencross’s statement.
Mr Tabu Butagira, who was moved from the position of associate editor for the daily editions to managing editor – content, is one of those directly reporting to Mr Bichachi. The others are Mr Richard Oundo, formerly revise editor who is now managing editor – content production; Ms Margaret Vuchiri, formerly associate editor—public affairs and now is managing editor – daily; and Mr Allan Chekwech, the former deputy chief sub-editor who is now managing editor for the weekend editions.
Ms Carol Beyanga has maintained her position as managing editor – digital. She will “supervise web editors and social media teams responsible for rapid updates of news and other content on MPL websites, requisition, editing and uploading of MPL videos and manage the social media pages of MPL through issuing alerts and sustaining interaction with audiences visiting the platforms”, the statement said.
The executive editor and all the managing editors, except Ms Beyanga, are serving in acting capacity. It is not clear whether this suggests they are on probation.
Mr Butagira, as the in-charge of content, “will manage news reporting teams and news gathering operations for purposes of writing and filing well researched and accurate news, pictures and reports on events for immediate publishing online and on MPL social media platforms”.
Those reporting directly to Mr Butagira are Broadcast Editor Cathy Ageno, National Editor Yasiin Mugerwa, Photo Editor Faisal Kasirye, and Regional Editor Mercy Nalugo.
At the centre of the restructuring is the merging of the print, digital and broadcast sections to ensure convergence in reporting and information gathering and dissemination. As such, reporters are being retooled to work for print, broadcast and online platforms.