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2022 January

Churchill Otieno

Media Viability & the Future of Independent News

Head of Development (Nation.Africa) at Nation Media Group & President of Kenya Editors’ Guild

Churchill Otieno, a leading journalist with 19-years’ experience in digital media, is the Head of Development (Nation.Africa) at Nation Media Group & President of Kenya Editors’ Guild. He specializes in newsroom leadership and digital transformation. He is also a visiting lecturer at the Aga Khan University’s Graduate School of Media and Communications and at Moi University. Mr. Otieno holds a M.Sc in Communication Studies (Moi University), B.Sc in Communications and Public Relations (Moi University), a Diploma in Journalism (Nyegezi), and was a visiting scholar at New York University’s Department of Journalism. 

Media Viability & the Future of Independent News
– January 25th, 2022

How do media outlets in freedom-restricted markets survive and thrive? Where should they and their stakeholders focus resources to become more successful? Although thinking in the media development sector about sustainability has progressed in recent years, expertise is still in the hands of relatively few successful media outlets and specialists, which limits the potential reach and impact of their expertise. 

One of the White House announcements during the recent Summit for Democracy was the State Department and USAID’s commitment to establishing a Media Viability Accelerator. On this month’s episode of Turn the Mic Around, our guest Churchill Otieno, Head of Development (Nation.Africa) at Nation Media Group & President of Kenya Editors’ Guild will discuss with Internews President Jeanne Bourgault media financial sustainability and how the MVA can benefit independent news. 

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