VETERAN journalist and editor Thabo Leshilo has been appointed public editor for Avusa Media's stable of print titles, includingSowetan, Sunday World andSunday Times.
Announcing Leshilo's appointment, Avusa Media managing director Mike Robertson said yesterday the public editor would act as the readers' advocate on all Avusa newspapers.
"The public editor will ensure that readers' concerns are adequately addressed and he will publicly assess the credibility of Avusa's journalism," Robertson said.
Robertson said with Leshilo's appointment, Avusa Media affirmed its commitment to credible journalism.
"Avusa Media believes the reader is king and this appointment of Leshilo seeks to reinforce that statement."
Leshilo's appointment comes at a time when newspapers in South Africa and around the world seek to distinguish themselves as providers of credible news, opinion and analysis as well as investigative journalism, Robertson said.
Leshilo is the first public editor to be appointed by Avusa Media. He will report directly to Robertson.
Leshilo has just returned from the US, where he spent 10 months completing a Nieman Fellowship in Journalism at Harvard University.
Before he left for the US he was editor-in-chief of Sowetan and SundayWorld, a position he has held since August 2004.
Leshilo's career in journalism spans more than two decades. He has edited Business Times and Pretoria News. He holds a BA degree, with majors in politics and public administration, from the University of Limpopo.