Vale John Pospisil

By Staff Writers in Media News on

Independent technology publisher and editor John Pospisil has tragically passed away aged 39, after battling a brain tumour.

John started his career in 1994, launching and editing Computer CHOICE for the Australian Consumers Association before launching Free Access and Total Image magazines under the banner of Total Image Publishing in 1998. In more recent years, he has had multiple consulting jobs, including for Big Switch Projects, Spitfire Communications and becoming a member of the NSW Fair Trading Advisory Council, advising the Minister for Fair Trading, Linda Burnie, in the area of consumer protection.

He also judged multiple times for the Bell magazine industry awards and the ITJourno awards, whilst somehow finding the time to release three books including How To Buy A Computer in 1996, How To Start a Business in the Real World in 2002 and Hacking MySpace in 2006.

John was also seen by friends and peers across the industry as a humble, decent and honest man. This is perfectly encapsulated in his own ‘About’ page, which reads, "I’m husband to Rocio and father to Grace and Hannah - my greatest achievements. The truth is, any material success I’ve had in this life really comes down to being at the right place at the right time. That’s not false modesty, just an acknowledgement of how life truly works."

John's funeral will be held this Monday, 21st November 2011, at 1pm, St Mary's Church, North Sydney.

*****

"It's very sad and shocking news. I worked for and with John during some of the Free Access, Total Image, custom publishing and early Blorge days, although amicably parted ways a few years ago now when I moved to work with iTWire.

“John was a kind, decent, smart and honourable man, honest, clever and innovative in business, and his passing has come decades earlier than it should have. I can only imagine how incredibly heart-wrenching it must be for Rocio, Grace and Hannah who have unfairly lost someone so important far too soon. I'm very saddened by the news.”

- Alex Zaharov-Reutt, iTWire

*****

“I first met John not long after starting ITJourno in 2000, when he and Tom Crawley, whom were the co-founders of Free Access, invited me along to their office to chat about their magazine, which had launched a year or so earlier.”

“The two of them had been responsible for launching Computer Choice before going out on their own, and it was quite clear that John had a very strong entrepreneurial spirit, and his passion for the magazine and creating a title that was accessible to the ordinary computer user was immediately apparent. Free Access was only a tiny operation and it was basically he and Tom, taking on all of the roles involved with publishing the magazine. Having come from IDG, where I saw how many resources went into producing the kinds of magazines that Free Access would compete with, I had more than a few doubts that they would be able to sustain the magazine. But they did for many years, when many other efforts, bankrolled by much bigger budgets, failed."

"Likewise, John managed to make a success of his Blorge blog network, when again, very few other Australians had been able to create a workable model. However, for all this, John was just an incredibly humble and extremely likeable, authentic person. Perhaps because of that, his success as an independent tech publisher has probably largely gone unrecognised within our community. To hear of his passing, at such a young age is just so sad and my deepest condolences to his family ‚Äčand dearest friends."

- Phil Sim, MediaConnect

*****

“He was one of the most decent guys I've ever known - generous with his time and in his business deals and utterly devoted to his wife Rocio and two young children Grace and Hannah. He was always keen for a stimulating and entertaining chat about the machinations of the tech media, and musings over how exactly Google News' algorithms worked. I met him regularly for lunch or coffee and we chewed over ideas for new ventures and swapped tips on our own successes and failures.”

“But as I got to know John better, we connected on a philosophical level as well. He told me about his faith and how God had shown himself to him once. We both shared a deep love for our families. On a professional level, John had a string of successes, borne from his creative, entrepreneurial spirit.”

- Dan Warne,  Daniel Warne Client Publishing (From his open letter on DanWarne.com)

*****

"John was a good friend. I was expecting us to be friends for the rest of my life. Friends like these are hard to find, you only get a handful in a lifetime. He was so funny and clever and bright and totally charming. I’ll miss John. Rocio, my thoughts are with you and your beautiful children."

- Ravi Prasad


*****

“I first met John Pospisil when he rang me out of the blue - and I didn’t even know him at that time - and asked if I would like to have lunch, where he asked if I would consider being the editor of Free Access magazine. To someone who had been a freelancer all his life, this was a natural progression and, of course, I jumped at the chance. I only held the position for a year or so before moving on to look after my own magazine, but I can safely say the experience and lessons I learnt from John in that period have been invaluable.”

“It was a hell of a shock to hear that John had passed away. I had no idea he was ill, let alone as sick as we now know he must have been. I was only talking to John a few months ago, asking for some advice, and although we didn’t confer often in the past few years, mainly through distance and lack of opportunity, he was always free with his suggestions and experiences to assist if he could.”

“RIP John, you will be sadly missed in the IT Journo community.”

- David Hague, AUSCAM Magazine


*****


On behalf of all those at MediaConnect and the ITJourno community, we offer his family and friends our condolences.

Membership privileges

  • Read and comment an all stories
  • Weekly digest of media and PR news (optional)
  • Post media releases to PRWire newswire
  • Advertise job vacancies
  • List your business in our PR directory


Please note that Influencing is used EXCLUSIVELY by media and influencers, as well as professionals who manage marketing and communications within their organisations, so we need a work email address.

More Media News

Workman signs on with The Aus

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on

Alice Workman is now part of The Australian’s newsroom, as reported on Mumbrella.

NewsCorp Australia declined to reveal what her role will be at the paper. She was among the 11 BuzzFeed Australia employees who were made redundant last month as part of BuzzFeed’s global cutbacks.

She spent four years as Buzzfeed’s political editor.

Get in touch with Workman on Twitter @WorkmanAlice.

Wave FM reshuffles brekky staff

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on

Some of Wave FM’s hosts are being tasked for other shows, reported the Illawarra Mercury.

The management stated that breakfast show co-host Chris Lee is now tasked with afternoon hosting duties. Adam Straney will assume his spot alongside Jayde Tonta. Travis Winks also leaves the breakfast show to take on Wave’s primetime news.

Station GM Tony Williams said Straney emerged as the best pick in a recent search for candidates. He previously worked as executive producer with Wave’s The Hot Breakfast, presenter at Prime Radio, program director at Southern Cross Austereo, and handled marketing at Grant Broadcasters.

Conway joins Signature Luxury Travel & Style

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on

Andrew Conway has been appointed executive editor of Signature Media publication Signature Luxury Travel & Style.

Under the new deal, Conway will work in the role for the rest of the year then become editor-at-large as he is relocating to northern NSW. Signature Media CEO/group editor Cathy Wagstaff will be his immediate superior as Signature Luxury Travel & Style’s editor-in-chief.

The signing is Conway’s first job since exiting Luxury Travel magazine as its founding editor last year. He won the Cruise Lines International Association’s 2018 Australasia Media Award for his contributions to the travel industry.  

“With the largest audited circulation of any Australian travel magazine, Signature Luxury Travel & Style is the market leader in this exciting and rapidly growing sector. I’m delighted to be joining Cathy Wagstaff and her exceptionally hard-working editorial, sales and marketing team to deliver a luxury travel and lifestyle pri

Vince takes on Triple M Footy gig

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on

Bernie Vince is going into the commentator’s booth for Triple M Footy this season.

The former Adelaide Crows midfielder is part of Triple M Adelaide’s Saturday-morning show Dead Set Legends alongside Andrew Jarman and Greg Blewett. Their first assignment together is to cover Adelaide’s home game tomorrow against Hawthorn.  

“It’s a very funny and entertaining team, so if I can play some small roll in entertaining people then I’ll be happy. I’m probably looking forward to working with Billy the most! But I also owe a lot to JB, he gave me a start on both Triple M and Channel 9. He backed me in and now here I am, I can’t wait!,” said Vince, referring to The Rush Hour co-hosts James Brayshaw and Billy Brownless.

Eco Traveller is renamed

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on

The popular travel blog Eco Traveller has been rebranded to VerdeMode.

Freelance journo and blog operator Linda McCormick stated in a Tweet that the time has come to switch after eight years as Eco Traveller.

Eco Traveller has been popular for featuring various destinations that have a particular focus on sustainable practices.

Follow McCormick on Twitter @_LindaMcCormick.

ARN tweaks Commercial management team

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on

ARN’s national commercial leadership has been bolstered with new appointments.

The company announced that Nick Flood, sales director for ARN’s Melbourne office, has additional responsibilities as national direct sales director. He will be in charge of direct sales personnel in each local market.

Sam Harris is committed to joining ARN-Melbourne as its new agency sales director, effective May 2019, after finishing up affairs as client services director with Starcom Australia.

Over at ARN’s Sydney offices, a new national trading director position was also created, with Anthony Bartram slated to come in late next month, along with new national strategy director Lauren Joyce.

Bartram is currently wrapping up from a similar job at Ooh! Media, which he has held since January this year. Joyce is stepping down from Mamamia, where she’s spent the past three years in upper-level strategy planning positions.

Rainmaker Group buys Money Magazine

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on

Finance publication Money Magazine has changed hands from Bauer Media to the Rainmaker Group.

Bauer Media ANZ CEO Paul Dykzeul said the company’s focus on specific consumer brands warranted letting go of others such as Money, which had been in the Bauer stable for 20 years. Rainmaker is setting up Money under its Financial Standard media umbrella.

Bauer Media’s last issue of Money will be for April 2019. Current Money editor Effie Zahos stays on with Bauer as its finance editor and financial literacy advocate, but magazine chairman and chief commentator Paul Clitheroe will shift to Rainmaker. Zahos aid with the transition effort alongside deputy editor Maria Bekiaris. Bekiaris, however, is exiting Bauer after the transition; she had been with the magazine since February 2001.

Financial Standard executive director and publisher Michelle Baltazar has been appointed as Money’s new editor-in-chief. Darren Snyder is Money’s incoming managing editor, t

More News latest

Missy and Mister Mischief land Maxwell Foods account
Twin agencies Missy Mischief PR and Mister Mischief Creative are onboard with Maxwell Foods.  ... Show more

VMLY&R forms New Zealand branch
WPP AUNZ agency VMLY&R has established a New Zealand office.

Marshall to head NBN PR division
NBN co has hired Tim Marshall as its new PR boss.

Lucky Bird scores Kristin Ess account
Lucky Bird PR has stuck a new client deal with Kristin Ess.

VMLY&R Brisbane lands TerryWhite Chemmart deal
VMLY&R Brisbane is on the pharma ball with TerryWhite Chemmart.