[Carole Kimutai] A goof by one of Kenya's leading media houses - the Nation Media Group (NMG) has sparked a mega debate on responsible reporting and how journalists are using social media to break news.
[Carole Kimutai] Anyone reading the Kenyan dailies would think the country will be holding an election in the next few weeks. Although a date for an election has not been fixed, political campaigns are already in top gear as people jostle for the increased political seats created by the new constitution. One of the main beneficiaries on an election are usually the printers. Unlike previous years where they would expect to be laughing all the way to the bank, this year, they could be crying as they run away from banks - literally.
[Carole Kimutai] One way politicians will market themselves is through media advertising. The Nation Media Group (NMG) has already set the rules as far as political advertising is concerned in the lead up to the general elections, expected to take place in March 2013.
[Carole Kimutai] The winners of the 2012 Citi Journalistic Excellence Award have been named. Business writers George Omondi and Moses Michira, both from the Business Daily were announced winners for the 2012 Citi Journalistic Excellence Award at a ceremony held at The Fairmont, Norfolk on 4 April 2012.
[Carole Kimutai] The Board of Ogilvy Kenya has reviewed its senior management structure and dropped the position of group chief executive officer following the resignation of Koome Mwambia who until February 2012 held that position.
[Carole Kimutai] Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. On Saturday the scorned woman was Kenya and the culprit was the Cable News Network (CNN), the US cable news channel. On Saturday night, there was a grenade explosion at a busy bus station in Nairobi that killed six people and injured about 63 others - according to latest media reports. Following the attack in Nairobi, CNN immediately broadcast a report about the blast with a graphic headline titled "Violence in Kenya."
[Carole Kimutai] Michael Joseph, the former CEO of Safaricom, once described Kenyans as having peculiar calling habits. According to a recent media survey by Ipsos Synovate, Kenyans seem to have another peculiar habit, watching news. The quarter four Kenya Audience Research Foundation (KARF) report shows over 80% of Kenyans read and watch local news. That news is politics.
[Carole Kimutai] The Board of Ogilvy Kenya has announced that it has accepted Koome Mwambia's decision to take an early exit as CEO and director of the company. In a statement issued by the boards chairman, Bharat Thakrar, the board stated that the decision had been arrived at mutually, after various discussions between the parties.
[Carole Kimutai] Brand Kenya Board, the organisation tasked with marketing Kenya has launched an integrated communications campaign dubbed Nitakuwepo, a Swahili word that means "I will be there". The KSh 76 million campaign is geared at raising awareness of the need for national cohesion, pride and patriotism among Kenyans.