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Lawson Media prepares to Defrag

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Lawson Media founder Kristofor Lawson announced on LinkedIn that he is preparing to launch a news podcast and website called The Defrag at the end of January. The Defrag will meet at the intersection of technology, business, science and politics with an international focus. Speaking to Influencing, Lawson says the project will go beyond just the general headlines, and delve into a selection of the major topics of the day. Alongside the podcast, there will also be a website publishing deep dives and feature articles that will look closer at trending news. “So the goal with The Defrag is to build a daily news podcast. It's been something we've been wanting to do for quite a while because we think that there's sort of an information gap that exists at the intersection of tech, business, science and politics.  “There's a lot of publications that cover sections of that, but we're really trying to focus on a range of global and international stories,” says Lawson. “But we think

Gillezeau departs The Fin

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After three years with The Australian Financial Review, technology, media and marketing journalist Natasha Gillezeau has left for start-up company Flux Finance. Gillezeau has taken up a role as a product manager with the company. Reflecting on her time with The Fin, Gillezeau couldn't have been more glowing about her experiences there. "It was an unbelievably positive experience. I still remember finding out that I got a job at The Fin and the joy of that opportunity and it really delivered on that. I couldn't have asked for a better first three years to my career," she tells Influencing. She says that moving into the industry she has covered presents an opportunity to further increase her knowledge of technology, with an eye to possibly returning to journalism in the future. "It's not an usual thing, especially if you look at US journalists. Some of them have left journalism altogether and I can think of a couple of people who have gone over to Google and Apple and really lent in

Lisa Davies returns to where it all started

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In 2001 Lisa Davies began her journalism career as a cadet at the Australian Associated Press. Now she has been appointed CEO of the wire service. Davies resigned from The Sydney Morning Herald at the end of 2021 after five years as editor and nearly a decade at the masthead. She replaces Emma Cowdroy who has stepped down from the chief executive position due to family commitments, but will stay on in a senior position. Davies said she was proud to return to where she started her journalism career and also paid tribute to the outgoing Cowdroy. “I’m thrilled to be returning to AAP, where my career in journalism began. “Outgoing CEO Emma Cowdroy, the board of directors and AAP’s dedicated supporters have done an incredible job stabilising the organisation following the ownership change in 2020,” Davies said. Cowdroy had spent 20 years at AAP as legal counsel and company secretary before moving onto the executive. “It has been a great privilege to lead our national news

AFL legend signs on with SEN

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Former AFL player and head coach of Collingwood, Nathan Buckley has joined SEN Breakfast for 2022 alongside Garry Lyon on Mondays. The move sees SEN’s breakfast team split up across the week. Lyon and Buckley will be together on Mondays from the end of February, Lyon and Tim Watson will be on air Tuesdays-Thursdays, while Kane Cornes and David King will be on deck on Fridays. Buckley said he was looking to joining SEN and review the weekend’s AFL action. “SEN has become the one-stop shop for sporting information and content in sports mad Melbourne and beyond. I’m looking forward to working with the team here to produce content that educates and entertains. Garry and Gerard, who are two of the most established and effective broadcasters of their time,” said Buckley. “I’m passionate about sport and what constitutes high performance so to provide perspective and context to the weekend’s events and unearth the stories of the combatants as we do is something I hope to a

Epitome: Here comes the Amazon satellites

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Business | In the great appendage measurement battle of the 2020s Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have been busy seeing who can out-billionaire the other. While the pair, alongside Sir Richard Branson, took to space last year and that attracted much of the attention, Bezos and Musk have been waging a less high profile but probably more important battle. They’re going toe-to-toe in launching their own satellites for internet purposes. Musk’s Starlink got the head start there, but Bezos responded with Amazon’s Project Kuiper satellites.  Starlink has already launched in Australia, and now it appears Kuiper is set to join it with Grahame Lynch and Simon Dux at CommsDay reporting that Amazon has begun negotiations with the ACMA and is hiring locally. Lynch and Dux said Kuiper is negotiating with the ACMA, asking the regulator to update its business operating procedures to inclue aeronautical Eath stations in motion, which is what Europe has done. Amazon also echoed calls of the Comms Al

Deborah Clay resigns from ARN

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Australian Radio Network’s national news director, Deborah Clay, has announced her sudden resignation from the broadcaster to focus on writing her debut book. Clay shared the news on Twitter and Instagram, also posting a message from ARN chief content officer Duncan Campbell. “Over the last 6 years she has strategically led the team with integrity while being a passionate advocate for local news - working around the clock - with the team of 30 journalists to ensure our listeners receive high quality news,” wrote Campbell. “The culture she has fostered is positive and collaborative which is evident through low staff turnover, engagement and feedback. “Deborah has helped countless people reach their career goals and has a management style which uplifts and encourages and I have enjoyed working with her immensely over the past six years.” Clay finishes with ARN on 14 February

Knott returns to Sydney bureau

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After three years in the United States, Sydney Morning Herald journalist Matthew Knott has returned home and is back in the Sydney bureau. Knott stated in a tweet that he is now a national correspondent for the SMH and The Age covering race, culture and identity.  Prior to moving to the US, Knott was a political reporter for the SMH in Canberra from 2014 to 2017, covering communications and education policy.  While there he won the Wallace Brown Award for best young reporter in the Canberra press gallery in 2015. Matthew can be contacted via email or Twitter, @KnottMatthew.   Very excited to be back living in Sydney and working as national correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age focussing on race, culture and identity. If there's something you'd like me to explore in this space, please hit me up by DM/ email— Matthew Knott (@KnottMatthew) January 18, 2022

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