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06 May 2015 17:28
Chris Roper is moving on to take up a position as a Senior Knight Fellow at the International Center for Journalists. (M&G)
After almost six years at the Mail & Guardian, in the roles of online editor and editor-in-chief, Chris Roper
is moving on to take up a position as a Senior Knight Fellow at the International Center for Journalists.
In his time at the M&G,
Roper was responsible for overseeing the transformation of the M&G
into a multiplatform news organisation with a converged newsroom. Under his
management, the M&G innovated and led in key areas of
digital journalism, with its team winning several awards, including the
inaugural CNN Africa Digital Journalism Award in 2012, the inaugural Standard
Bank Sikuvile Award for Online Multimedia in 2012 and the inaugural Sikuvile
Multiplatform award in 2013.
Most recently, in 2015, the M&G was
placed first (with a silver Bookmark) in the Best Editorial Team category at
the Bookmarks awards.
In his new capacity, Roper will help
manage the International Center for Journalist’s Code for Africa (CfAfrica) data journalism initiatives in Kenya, Nigeria, South
Africa and Tanzania.
M&G chief executive Hoosain Karjieker said: “Chris
has been with us for six years, having joined the organisation as editor of
M&G Online, and swiftly moved through the ranks to lead our convergence
strategy that led to him being appointed editor-in-chief.
“This resulted in the successful convergence of all
editorial processes to form a fully fledged, multiplatform newsroom that now
forms the cornerstone of our future digital ambitions.
“We are deeply grateful for the role Chris has played
in bringing our organisation to a point where it remains highly regarded for
its robust journalism and is seen as a forerunner in the digital publishing
“Our industry is going
through huge structural changes and Chris has done a lot to take us through the
pain of future-proofing our business.
“We will miss his insights deeply, but cannot stand in
his way as he progresses in his career to a new role that allows him to utilise
his experience and competencies at an even higher level in the world of
journalism that he is so passionate about.”
Karjieker said no decision had
been taken about a replacement for Roper in this role.
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