Sheffield to exit News Corp

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Nicole Sheffield (photo credit: B and T)Nicole Sheffield has called it a day as chief digital officer at NewsCorp Australia.

In a statement, Sheffield said that she would step down in April 2018 to start her own business. The interim period will be used to effect transition into a new digital leadership team. She had been CDO for less than a year.

Sheffield had been with the company for ten years, during which time she had held positions such as managing director of News Digital Networks Australia and CEO of NewsLifeMedia. She will also step down as chairperson of Interactive Advertising Bureau Australia at the same time.

“I’ve loved my time with News through a period of extraordinary change with so many opportunities and such wonderful content, it has been an incredible experience. But with the business soaring I’m ready to pass the baton to an exceptional team,” Sheffield said.

“Under Nicole’s leadership news.com.au has gone to number one in the online news category and she drove leading commercial and innovation partnerships for brands as diverse as taste.com.au and Vogue Australia. Nicole launched and chaired the joint venture Medium Rare Content Agency, created new products and services and launched a series of leading digital networks including Food Corp, the News Prestige Network and the women’s network under WHIMN. With those achievements in place I understand her desire to explore her own opportunities and I wish her well," added News Corp Australasia executive chairman Michael Miller.

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Ten Daily staff revealed

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Network Ten’s online content portal Ten Daily was launched this week with an ensemble cast of characters filling out the roles.

The Project host Lisa Wilkinson is the executive editor with Melinda Cornford as managing editor and Sandra Sully as managing editor for news. Chris Harrison signs on as deputy editor.

At Ten Daily’s newsdesk, Eoin Blackwell takes charge as editor with Rashell Habib his deputy. Josh Butler is senior reporter and former Pedestrian TV associate news editor Alex-Bruce Smith joins him as reporter on May 21, 2018.

Wade Shipard takes charge of the Ten Daily video section, with video editor Myles Davies and video producer Taylor Denny under him. Nick Wray is slated to start on June 11, 2018 as senior video producer after leaving a producer job at BuzzFeed News.

Other staff members are Mat Whitehead (senior entertainment reporter), Alexandra Anastassiou (social producer), and Mark Brook (senior lifestyle reporter).

Fairfax to publish Traveller glossy

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The new issue of Traveller magazine is labelled “The Europe Issue,” featuring articles about European destinations and important landmarks to visit.

“We have been able to capitalise on Australians’ interest in travel. It now means so much to Australians. If you look at the list of discretionary choices of expenditure by Australians, travel is right up there – almost too high perhaps when it ranks above tertiary education!

“Travel sections in general in Australia are a world phenomenon, not just domestically. We have had weekends where we have produced over 100 pages of travel content, which is unrivalled to my knowledge in the English-speaking world. The nearest best comparison would be the UK,” said Traveller editor Anthony Dennis in a Mediaweek interview.

The magazine is slated for release this weekend.

Reid bows out of Delicious

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Morgan Reid has resigned as digital art director of News Life Media food portal delicious.com.au and Vogue Australia.

He left on May 4, 2018, for unspecified reasons.

News Life Media has yet to announce a replacement.

Keep in touch with Reid on LinkedIn.

TV Week adds fresh staff

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Bauer Media entertainment magazine TV Week has brought in new additions to the crew.

The company stated that Tina Burke is back in the fold as digital content producer. Formerly an OK! entertainment writer before leaving Bauer Media in April 2014, Burke had spent the intervening three years at Pacific Magazines.

Amy Hadley comes aboard as editorial co-ordinator. She previously served almost a year at communications agency Coote Connex.

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Parish signs off from News Corp

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Rebecca Parish has stepped down from the North Shore Times and NewsCorp Australia altogether.

She tweeted on May 7, 2018 that it was also her last day, but not before mentioning the strong response to an exclusive story she recently wrote.

Parish has since relocated to Perth. Stay in touch with her on Twitter.

Catt joins Fairfield City Council

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David Catt has started working at the Fairfield City Council as its new media and communications co-ordinator.

Catt went to the Council posting upon finishing up work as editor of News Corp Australia’s Hub. He had spent 11 years with the company, mostly working on regional papers.

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Fairfax journos prevail in NPC awards night

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This year’s National Press Club (NPC)/Westpac Bank awards for excellence in financial journalism was all about staff members from Fairfax Media outlets.

The Financial Journalist of the Year Award went to Adele Ferguson and Ruth Williams from The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald for their coverage of ‘junk’ life insurance linked to super policies.

Surprisingly, the same gong was also bestowed on the Australian Financial Review’s Jo Aston, Edmund Tadros, Aaron Patrick, and Patrick Durkin for covering management issues at CPA Australia.

Ferguson/Williams also earned a Personal and Consumer Finance award, and Aston/Tadros/Patrick/Durkin prevailed on the Business and Company category.

Organisers stated that the joint awarding for Financial Journalist of the Year was warranted because both stories led to serious investigations by the Royal Commission into Financial Services.  

A list of awardees is available on the NPC website.

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