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Rhodes Alumni appointed to senior M&G editorial positions

Date Released: Mon, 29 July 2013 09:59 +0200

The Mail & Guardian announced the appointment of two new editors this week, as well as additional changes to its organisational structure, in a new phase of its digital-first strategy.

Chris Roper makes the move from M&G Online editor to editor-in-chief and Angela Quintal, previously the editor of KwaZulu-Natal newspaper the Witness, was appointed the M&G’s newspaper editor.

“[Outgoing editor] Nic [Dawes] and the online team under Chris have ensured that the M&G has grown to become a leading and credible voice in the rest of Africa, and on different platforms,” Quintal said. “It is an incredible opportunity to help build on this rich legacy.

In partnership with Chris and the rest of the team, I am committed to upholding the independence, excellence and journalistic integrity that have made the M&G what it is today and to ensure that it expands and thrives.”

Roper said: “The M&G is the oldest news site in Africa and, nearly 20 years later, we’re still committed to blazing the digital trail that the newspaper’s quality journalism makes possible. This has resulted in a 60% growth in audience for M&G Online in the year to June 2013, as well as a 2 000% growth in audience from mobile and an 81% growth in our overall publisher audience.

“I really look forward to working with our talented team in this new capacity and I welcome Quintal, who I know will ensure that quality journalism remains at the heart of our operation.”

Other editorial appointments include Verashni Pillay, who will move from deputy online editor to associate editor, and Alistair Fairweather, who was appointed chief technology officer.

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Article Source: Mail & Guardian