THE country’s best selling daily newspaper, NewsDay, today celebrates its third anniversary amid hope for more growth in the years to come hinged on its professional journalistic ethics to provide the country with a true Zimbabwean story.
Report by Staff Reporter&Picture compilation by Tinotenda Samukange
Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) CEO Raphael Khumalo said NewsDay’s major achievements were its ability to provide Zimbabweans with a true picture of events taking place around the country on a daily basis.
AMH are publishers of NewsDay, Southern Eye, The Standard and Zimbabwe Independent.
“We are now able to match the State press on a day-to-day basis,” Khumalo said. “The truth is there to see on a day-to-day basis and we can now give the story to readers as it happens. In the past it used to take us a week to do that with the Zimbabwe Independent and the Standard.”
He added that the issue to do with elections was an example of NewsDay’s style of reporting that gave people’s views prominence.
“The state media has continued to misinform the public. It is now clear to see where Zanu PF is driving the Zimbabwe populace to, so NewsDay has assisted people to make informed decisions,” Khumalo said.
AMH online editor John Mokwetsi said although NewsDay was only three years old, its online edition’s popularity has surpassed that of its competitors.
“NewsDay is ranked among the top three most visited websites in Zimbabwe, a huge milestone considering we are only three years old,” Mokwetsi said.
“We lead in social media presence where our domination on Facebook and Twitter is acknowledged even by our competition. The vision of the company has been that we should never lag behind world trends hence the employing of the ‘Digital First’ strategy. The future of the media is in the virtual sphere and we understand the changes around our environment where the growth of ICTs has been unprecedented to mean just that.”