Lee bows out of Community Newspapers

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Community Newspapers logoRick Lee has finished up his duties with the Community Newspaper Group in Western Australia.

The Community Newspaper Group management has yet to reveal the reasons for his departure, which was made official this month.

Lee had been working the rounds in Perth for a long time, with his postings include regional editor and real estate editor.

Jessica Nico of the Fremantle Gazette and Denise Cahill at the Western Suburbs Weekly have been tasked as alternate contacts for him.

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Crinkling News now off the presses

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Crinkling News, Australia’s first national newspaper for children, is shutting down.

Publication founders Saffron Howden and Remi Bianchi said in an official message that they could no longer operate due to inadequate funds. They used their redundancy compensation from Fairfax plus a recent crowdfunding campaign to finance the paper’s operations, from hosting young editors to managing subscriptions. They acknowledged that a “much bigger business, government, or philanthropy” is needed to keep the publication alive.

The officials looked back on the success of the paper, which gave opportunities for young children to write and cover news in a professional setting, as well as to organise MediaMe, the country’s inaugural children’s media literacy conference, last November.

Despite the closure of Crinkling News, Howden and Bianchi said they will arrange refunds for existing subscriptions.

“Thank you. And thank you especially to our readers. We s

Smith enters politics beat

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Alexandra Smith is joining politics — as the Sydney Morning Herald’s state political editor.

Smith announced her promotion in a tweet earlier today. She had spent the past four years as the paper’s education editor, but got the call-up after incumbent Sean Nicholls announced he was leaving to join ABC’s Four Corners. Editor Lisa Davies tweeted back that even if Nicholls went to ABC, Smith herself will be “terrific” at her new undertaking.

Smith has been a loyal Fairfax employee, signing up with the company in 1999 after graduating from the University of Newcastle with a BA Journalism degree, majoring in PR and sociology.

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ABC reveals new anchors for QLD 7pm news show

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ABC has rolled out its hosts for the 7pm news broadcast in Queensland.

The network revealed today that Matt Wordsworth will go on camera from Monday to Thursday starting January 29, 2018. Jessica van Vonderen continues with her hosting duties every Friday to Sunday.

“As a Queenslander I am thrilled and honoured to be returning to my home state to take on this important role. Queensland contributes so richly to the economic, cultural and political landscape of the nation and I look forward to continuing the outstanding coverage the ABC provides throughout our great state,” said Wordsworth, who spent two years in Sydney.  

"I'm really looking forward to another big year in Queensland, bringing amazing stories to our audience, on behalf of an incredibly hard-working bunch of ABC journalists, camera operators and editors,” added Van Vonderen.

Hutchison parks Weekly Review pen

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The Weekly Review is starting 2018 without editor Jane Hutchinson at the helm.

The publication’s December 13-19, 2017 issue turned out to be Hutchinson’s last. “It’s been a true privilege over the past seven years to bring you the best of our city each week… I wanted to say thank you for the privilege and to wish you all a happy and festive season. Farewell! “ part of her editor’s box message read. She joined the Review in June 2013 as deputy editor.

Hutchinson possesses 25 years’ experience in the journalism field, having served in writing and editing positions at publications such as The Age, Time Magazine, and the South China Morning Post.   

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Goyen signs off at Nine

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Phil Goyen has amicably parted ways with Nine Network.

Currently based in Los Angeles, USA, Goyen took up a new producer job with virtual-reality content company NextVR. “After 10 years at 60 Minutes, I’ve decided to leave. Very grateful to those who allowed me to share their stories and to the people I've worked beside,” his tweet read. Nine has not planned for any potential replacements 

Goyen has almost 25 years’ experience in the news media circuit, which he gained at SkyNews, Prime, and Seven.

Keep in touch with Goyen on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Law leaves The Weekly Times

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Justin Law has stepped down as the Weekly Times’ machinery and features editor.

The publication reported that he finished up duties at the paper after over three years to join the Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia as its communications manager. Daron Jacks has been put in as his replacement.

Law covered the agricultural machinery beat for the Times. He previously worked for the Australian Consolidated Press and JGL Media.

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Duke explores media and telecoms at Fairfax

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After seven years of real estate and finance reporting, including a stint as Domain’s review editor, Fairfax journo Jennifer Duke has switched gears to cover the media and telecoms beats for the Sydney Morning Herald’s Business Day section.
 
Speaking to Influencing, Duke said that she is soon to conclude her graduate diploma in economics, and as such jumped at the opportunity to join the business team at Fairfax’s Sydney & Melbourne papers and work in a fast-paced and dedicated newsroom.
 
“I cover daily news for the business section, with a focus on media, marketing and telecommunications companies,” explained Duke. “This includes everything from listed major telcos, global digital platforms, and everything under the umbrella of disruption for these businesses. This could be anything from Telstra, Carsales and REA Group to Netflix, News Corp and Channel Nine. It’s a very busy round!”
 
Looking ahead to 2018, Duke

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