Day of Design: 20 Years of Newspaper Design

The Standard (Kenya)

Nairobi, Kenya

The Standard is one of the largest newspapers in Kenya with a 30 percent market share. It is the oldest newspaper in the country.

The newspaper was established as the African Standard in 1902 as a weekly. The Standard‘s founder, Alibhai Mulla Jeevanjee sold the paper to two British businessmen in 1905, who changed the name to the East African Standard. It became a daily paper and moved its headquarters from Mombasa to Nairobi in 1910. At the time the newspaper declared strongly colonialist viewpoints. The British-based Lonrho Group bought the newspaper in 1963, only a few months before Kenya’s independence.

The paper was sold to Kenyan investors in 1995. In 2004 the name was changed to The Standard. It is the main rival to Kenya’s largest newspaper, the Daily Nation. In 1989, at a time when Kenya was going into multi-party era, The Standard Group acquired the KTN Television Channel. Its current editorial director is award winning editor John Bundotich.

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Read a 1993 design note from The Standard (Kenya)


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1993 Frontpage
The Standard (Kenya) front page from Feb. 10, 1993
See a newsroom photo from 1993


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The Standard (Kenya) front page from Feb. 10, 2013 (Or Feb. 8 page)