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PNG: Post-Courier makes new editorial appointments

Gorethy Kenneth ... The Post-Courier's new chief-of-staff. Image: GK/Facebook

Saturday, February 9, 2013

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PORT MORESBY (PNG Post-Courier / Pacific Media Watch): The Post-Courier has announced the appointments of senior journalist Gorethy Kenneth as chief-of-staff and Melanie Vari and Ephata Samuel as the business and sports editors of the newspaper.

Kenneth, a graduate of the University of Papua New Guinea journalism school, previously worked as the Post-Courier Buka bureau chief before returning to the newspaper’s headquarters in Port Moresby.

She joined the newspaper in 2000 and is an award-winning journalist.

Vari joined the newspaper in October last year after working for the National Parliament as well as having brief stints with The National newspaper and undergoing postgraduate studies in Western Australia.

Samuel joined the newspaper in January 2008 and started off on the newspaper’s inaugural edition of the Weekend Courier, writing the magazine’s "Down Memory Lane" and "Flash Back" columns as well as special assignments such as major sporting events. These included covering the 2011 Arafura Games.

He previously worked for Coca-Cola as well as producing programmes for EMTV and the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

Post-Courier editor Alexander Rheeney expressed confidence in their appointments, saying his newsroom management team was now in place and ready to steer the newspaper in its strive to improve the quality of its news as well as roll out new content for its readership.

“Our readers would have noticed the special reports we have published in the last one to two months on the Vanuatu-Connection, Spotlight on Djoko, the PNG-Indonesia Border and MV Rabaul Queen – One Year On, which are issues of concern for a lot of Papua New Guineans.

The newspaper will this year bring you more of these reports in the hope that the spotlight will compel government to act,” he said.

For the sports pages, Samuel recently commissioned the Papua New Guinea Kumuls – Road to the World Cup which is a column dedicated to the 2013 Rugby League World Cup in October this year.

Columns and pages dedicated to other sports will also be rolled over the course of this year.




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