• As Yerwa Express News commences operation today

    ... unveils editorial board, policy
    ... Abdulhamid Al-Gazali as the editor-in-chief

    Yerwa Express News (YEN) has on Sunday, 2nd October, 2016 released its maiden online edition and commenced weekly operation in its head office in Maiduguri. Yerwa News, the first print and internet-based news media outlet to be established across the North East, is aimed at giving proper coverage and reportage to the happenings across the north-eastern region particularly in this critical period where the activities of insurgents have caused destruction of lives and property.

    “As the insurgency is coming to its twilight and displaced persons return to their settlements after years of evacuation, a public information machinery like this, where post-insurgency services, rehabilitation and reconstruction will be adequately covered, formulated and reported is inorder”, the Chief Editor and General Manager, Management, Barr. Shettima Mustapha said.

    To chair the board and serve as the editor-in-chief is Abdulhamid Al-Gazali, a Borno-born writer, historian and public commentator. The General Manager (Management) and Chief Editor is Barr. Shettima Mustapha. While Ibrahim Uba Yusuf will bring in his expertise on electronic and print media as Editor and General Manager, Operations. Fati Abubakar, a renowned photojournalist recognized as the only female photographer in Borno State by New York Times, BBC, CNN and more brings in her professionalism to the table. Engr. Abubakar Gambo, an IT expert and entrepreneur was named as General Manager, Advert, while Mohammed Ali, will be coming in with his IT expertise of both software and hardware to the board as the General Manager, IT.

    The editor-in-chief while launching the first edition, also unveils the editorial and operational policy of the news media. “If you have known me well, you will know that I so much believe in starting small and gradually. This is why we agreed to restrict our contents, production and operation to certain areas and bases. For the next six months, we would be indeed testing our grounds bearing in mind that this is the first time such an outlet is operating here”, he said. The editor-in-chief added that, “we are going to run weekly editions on the internet and the print edition, monthly, for the next six months. Obviously, at this point, we have to make a choice about our content if we want to bring in something new and different”. He outlined that, feature stories, exclusive interviews, opinions and in-depth news reports of the hitherto underreported happenings across the state and the region, especially during the period of Boko Haram insurgency will be their main focus.

Thursday, October 6, 2016 10:02 AM

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