Masvingo – The Mirror, Zimbabwe’s biggest regional weekly newspaper has appointed three female journalists to its rural bureaus as it braces for a radical shift to digital media platforms.
Mirror consultant Matthew Takaona said the company will continue to invest in professional journalism in spite of the huge challenge that conventional media now faces from social media and lately the Covid-19 pandemic.
The three appointments show the organisation’s confidence in the future at a time when media companies the world over are either downsizing or shutting down completely.
“Professional journalism is here to stay and it will continue to play its critical role in the enjoyment of fundamental human rights, the subsistence of justice and sustenance of human development.
“As a company we are confident of growth hence we make these new appointments. Our focus will continue to be on the community story because this is an area where media service is most needed,” said Takaona.
The three appointments are Sharon Nyaya who will be based in Mberengwa as a reporter, Dumisani Chauke who is at Murambinda covering Buhera, Wedza and Birchenough and Nyasha Musambasi who takes over as the bureau chief for Chivhu. Musambasi will also cover Mvuma, Sadza and Seke District including Beatrice.
All three are media graduates with the Midlands State University.
“Of note is that all the three appointments are women. As a newspaper we continue to demystify the notion that journalism and in particular the rough and tumble of rural journalism is for men,” said Takaona.
Women are the bedrock of journalism at The Mirror. They don’t only occupy top positions but are by far the majority with seven out of the 12 full time journalists being women. The other female journalists are Elizabeth Mashiri (Assistant Editor Mirror); Ellen Abba Mlambo (Editor of Chipinge Times and Two Nations); Patience Magora (reporter Chipinge) and Ndangarirodzashe Tasariravona (Bureau Chief Mwenezi). https://masvingomirror.com