Henry Jeffreys is New Age editor

2010-10-28 16:28
Cape Town - Henry Jeffreys, former editor of Afrikaans daily Die Burger, will take the helm of The New Age newspaper, managing editor Gary Naidoo announced on Thursday.

"I believe The New Age does have a unique and independent view to offer daily newspaper readers and I'm excited about joining the paper," Jeffreys said on Thursday after he was named editor.

"The editorial team at TNA is eager to forge ahead and I'm pleased to be an integral member of this new venture.

“I am very passionate about the journalistic media. It is a cornerstone of our constitutional democracy and a custodian of the right to freedom of speech - in my view the most basic and important of entrenched rights we enjoy as citizens. It gives a voice to millions of citizens who are often ignored by the influential and powerful elites."

The launch of The New Age was delayed last week after five senior staff members, including editor-in-chief Vuyo Mvoko and deputy editor Karima Brown, resigned a day before the first edition was due to hit the streets.

The new daily, owned by TNA Media, was initially scheduled to launch in mid-September.

The newspaper would be published by Bennett Colemen & Co LTD which publishes the world's largest English newspaper, The Times of India, and funded by the Gupta Group, which has close links to the ANC.

Jeffreys said: "The New Age is bound to unlock new audiences, giving consumers a new and fresh voice to consider thereby promoting the much needed diversification of the media market. It will also enrich the public discourse."

He is a former deputy and political editor of the Johannesburg daily Beeld, where he started his career in the 1980's.

In between journalistic jobs he worked in the development field for The Urban Foundation and the National Business Initiative serving on the boards as executive director for both organisations. He also worked as executive director for the Funda Centre in Soweto, Johannesburg. He is a director of amongst others, the Institute for Global Dialogue.

In 2004 he was awarded the prestigious Nieman Fellowship and spent a year at Harvard University in the United States.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    media

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Ireland centre Payne out of RWC
LIVE: Samoa v Scotland
Jones: Japan can be 'team of the tournament'
LIVE: Australia v Wales
Traffic Alerts

The phrase for today is:”Out of the blue.” Expect the unexpected and work with the changeable energy. Your intuition is heightened...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.