Every day on the International desk, hundreds of people work together across time zones, often under great pressure and sometimes in dangerous places. We break news, go live, deliver distinctive enterprise, explore ideas, reveal wrongdoing and explain to millions of people what’s happening and why it matters.
But the challenge goes beyond the reporting and editing. We need to keep thinking sharply about both our ambitions and our audience, and about how Times journalism should evolve for subscribers, readers, listeners and casual scrollers.
What can we do to make sure our reporting reaches and informs more people? How can we organize ourselves to better jump on news around the world, whenever it breaks? What are our priorities, who are we competing against and what does success look like? And how do we know if we are making progress? Tackling these questions is how we make sure our report remains best in class, not just this week or this month but for years to come. Finding the right path forward requires a journalist with a strategic mind.
So, I’m excited to announce that Bo Hee Kim has joined our leadership team as director for audience, strategy and operations. In this new role, she’ll help shape our coverage and the way we work as The Times pursues its international goals. Overseeing the portfolio handled previously by separate deputies for audience and strategy/operations, she will be based in Brussels, putting her in a time zone that overlaps with our hubs in London, Seoul and New York.
Bo will work closely with our colleagues in security, finance, human resources, and Culture and Careers, as well as with Lillian Chen, the deputy for international on Audience; a new deputy international editor for strategy and operations based in the New York newsroom, whom we hope to name soon; and Rorna Richards and Carlisa Robinson, the operations managers on International.
Bo is no stranger to big roles and ambitious projects in our newsroom. As chief of staff to Hannah Poferl, our chief data officer, she drove audience strategy forward within the newsroom and across the company. Before that, as a director on newsroom strategy, she shaped The Times’s approach to diversity, equity and inclusion and deepened newsroom-product collaboration, among other initiatives.
Even before joining The Times in 2018, Bo was working at the intersection of journalism, strategy and operations. At Vox Media, she helped position and grow Vox, The Verge and other titles. At Storify and Livefyre, she built tools for journalists as a product manager, and she also edited for a subsidiary of Agence France-Presse. She has a master’s in journalism from University of California, Berkeley.
Bo is already diving in to help us meet the wide range of challenges we face around the world in this incredibly newsy moment, when the remarkable talent and dedication of our global team has been on full display. Please reach out and welcome her to the desk.
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