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Meet the women of News24: Kate Henry, Site and Analytics Editor

Bykav

Aug 31, 2022

Kate Henry, Site and Analytics Editor at News24

I think it’s still important for us not to be complacent as female editors in encouraging other women in this newsroom to step up and step into roles of influence.

Kate Henry, Site and Analytics Editor at News24


Kate Henry is the intrepid website and analytics editor at News24 who never shies away from speaking her mind. She joined News24 in June 2019 and previously worked at news brands such as TimesLIVE, and The Citizen.

After studying criminal psychology, Kate switched lanes and began her journalism career working for community newspapers, exposing herself to a range of newsroom skills before honing in on her love for the web.

Her current job involves ensuring that News24’s diverse content shines on the website and reaches readers in the most optimal way. She explains that quality control, distribution and analytics are the three key pillars that guide her work on a daily basis. When she’s not making sure that all the online content is top-notch, she’s using data to make tough calls about what leads on the News24 website.

“I’m a big fan of data but I firmly believe that you shouldn’t be dictated to by the data, but you should be guided by the data,” she adds.

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As a woman in management, Kate is very clear on the importance of female leadership in the newsroom: more women need to be involved in decision-making processes in order to pave the way for others and offer more diverse perspectives.  While Kate is fortunate to feel heard and respected in her current role, she concedes that not all South African newsrooms are as inclusive.

She says:

I love working at News24 because it values everyone’s opinion. I love that you are valued for your skills and for the voice that you bring.

As an editor, Kate doesn’t take her position for granted and believes women leaders have a duty to use their privilege to prop up others.

“I think it’s still important for us not to be complacent as female editors in encouraging other women in this newsroom to step up and step into roles of influence,” she argues.

In some work environments, women are often pushed aside or forced to endure ‘mansplaining’, despite their seniority or level of expertise. This is not something Kate feels women should have to tolerate.

She adds:

Sometimes, in slightly more male-dominated newsrooms, you need to speak louder or you will get talked over. That’s something I have experienced. If you aren’t strong in your convictions or making sure that you’re heard, you can easily be brushed aside. It’s not just in the news industry, it’s in life in general.

Inclusivity is no longer a corporate catchphrase, and Kate credits pioneering women “who put up with it all, and push their way through” for the gradual shift towards equality.  With the nature of the fast news environment which requires her to be constantly ‘switched on’, Kate loves to disconnect and recharge outdoors in her spare time.

“My self-care is going somewhere where there is no signal,” she says, adding that hiking and camping are her favourite kinds of leisure breaks.

For Kate, credible news is precious commodity and paying for it is a no-brainer in the current era of social media disinformation and online anonymity. She believes in building a reputable subscription service to maintain public trust and ensure that reliable news reaches South African readers.

She adds:

If we don’t pay for news, we cannot pay for news journalists… Our goal is to get the news to our readers and we need our readers’ support in order to be able to do that.

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