Harry Misiko is a copy editor for the Daily Nation, the highest circulation newspaper in Kenya, which is published by Nation Media Group, the largest privately owned media organization in East and Central Africa.
Misiko, 29, edits news, features and analyses on topics including politics, security, health, education, agriculture and technology. He is the Nation Media Group’s 2013 Best Headline Award winner.
He joined the Daily Nation in 2011, after two years of writing news and features for Daily Nation’s sister publications — Saturday Nation, Sunday Nation and Taifa Leo. He is fluent in English, Lubukusu and Kiswahili, the language of East African.
Misiko earned his bachelor’s degree in media and communication from Maseno University in western Kenya, where he founded the Equator Weekly— a publication for the university’s journalism students. Misiko trained and mentored dozens of journalists at Nation and at several journalism colleges. Some of his trainees are now successful reporters with leading Kenya media houses. He is a member of the Kenya Union of Journalists.
During his fellowship, Misiko will be hosted by The Washington Post, where he aims to learn about writing for the web, non-linear storytelling, computer-assisted reporting, citizen journalism and data journalism.
“I believe my interaction with reporters and editors at The Post will help me integrate new media and other emerging technologies in my work,” he says, “besides learning new and faster approaches to newsgathering, packaging and dissemination.
“Nation Media Group is shifting from analogue-newspaper-first newsgathering and dissemination to a digital-web-first news publishing, and the skills I look forward to acquiring at The Post will not only enable me to be part of this grand migration, but also lead and champion it.”
He also looks forward to exploring the roles of free media and politics in the United States.