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Weekly Times turning 150 years

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Reprint of Weekly Times, Vol I No 1, 11 September 1869 (photo credit: News Corp Australia)Regional masthead The Weekly Times is going all out for its sesquicentennial celebrations this week.

News Corp Australia revealed that the publication will mark the founding day on 11 September 2019 with a special bundle comprising the day’s edition, a 20-page wrap issue, and a reprint of the original launch edition from 11 September 1869 (pictured). The staff will also hold an anniversary event in Melbourne the same day, with Victorian Governor the Honourable Linda Dessau as guest of honour. 

On 15 September, the History Channel will air Memories & Milestones: 150 years of The Weekly Times, a 30-minute documentary showcasing the Times’ history and its coverage of rural Australia over the years, mixed with interviews of current and former editorial staff.

“This is a 150-year old institution first published the same year as War and Peace with a life spanning three separate centuries. It’s now well positioned for new successes having successfully adapted to the digital era by becoming a dependable and trusted digital companion for those who work on the land and who live in regional and rural Australia,” said Weekly Times editor Ed Gannon.

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The Australian welcomes new staff

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The Australian has added four new editorial staff. 

Patrick Commins is onboard as economics reporter. He recently left the Australian Financial Review after 11 years, with his most recent positions being senior writer and deputy editor for markets. 

Natasha Robinson is back with the paper, taking over the health desk from Sean Parnell. She left the paper four years ago to join the ABC’s national reporting team. Parnell, meanwhile, is transferring to the Queensland bureau as a senior writer, but will still continue as FOI editor.  

Steve Jackson is appointed NSW editor. He joined after almost four years with Nine as a producer and reporter for 60 Minutes. His other stints in the News Corp Australia organisation were with the Daily and Sunday Telegraphs as journalist, chief of staff, and head of news. 

Former Wentworth Courier editor Elizabeth Colman steps up to the content director post. She has been with News Corp Australia since joining The Australia

Bauer introduces The Healthy Mummy magazine

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Bauer Media has unveiled a new 160-page fitness magazine for mothers, called The Healthy Mummy.

Penned by The Busy Mum’s Guide To Weight Loss author Rhian Allen, The Healthy Mummy is laden with content to guide mothers with going on a healthier lifestyle, such as tips when dining out, recipes, and exercises. 

The pilot issue (pictured), in particular, features women who have been able to shed at least 25 kilograms through a fun regimen of exercise and controlled eating options. 

First opening as a website in 2010, the magazine was first introduced in the UK in 2018 and a US edition went on sale earlier this year.

Marie Claire rolls out Lifestyle one-off

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Marie Claire Australia has produced a special limited-run 148-page magazine called Marie Claire Lifestyle.

An offshoot of Marie Claire’s European home-living title, Marie Claire Maison, Marie Claire Lifestyle offers content on lifestyle topics such as interior design and planning, and organising parties at home. 

Marie Claire lifestyle will be released this week and be on newsstands for the next three months. 

Marie Claire’s lifestyle editor, Anna McCooe, will be in charge of the new magazine, with EIC Nicky Briger on oversight duties.      

“I am thrilled with this new title under the Marie Claire banner. Style extends beyond our wardrobe to homes and entertainment making this a natural fit for the brand,” said Bridger.

The content will also include placements of Fisher & Paykel appliances, under a joint partnership with the latter company. 

“Human-centred design is at the heart of Fisher & Paykel

Marketing magazine ends print run

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Industry publication Marketing is doing away with its print magazine, reported Mumbrella.

Editor Ben Ice said in a notice to subscribers that a reader and advertiser shift into digital hard-pressed the editorial staff in producing the latest issue. A product of Niche Media, Marketing has been in circulation six times a year for over 25 years. 

“To our loyal subscribers and readers, I apologise. We wanted to bring you physical issues long into the future, but unfortunately it was no longer a realistic option. Looking after you is a top priority, and continuing to deliver top-quality insight and content is the next step. We’re making the shift to digital editions, the first of which will be the upcoming October issue, delivered on Partica,” said Ice.

ACM introduces new regional content brand

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Australian Community Media (ACM) has introduced a new content brand geared towards regional Australia, called Future Focus.

A joint project with the University of New England and Dell Australia, Future Focus comprises of a magazine and special website. Its content discusses life in the regional areas, and will explore opportunities for new economic development and better educational standards. 

Academics and industry stakeholders involved in regional Australia, among others, have agreed to contribute material to Future Focus. Issue No1 (pictured), in particular, has Planning for Prosperity as a theme, with Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO James Pearson, Regional Australia Institute official Liz Ritchie, and economics/geography professor Phillip O’Neill sharing their insights.

The print edition of Future Focus will be a special insert in all ACM daily mastheads, and agricultural papers such as The Land and Queensland Country Life. 

“This project

Hennessy takes charge of Business Insider Australia

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Business Insider Australia has appointed James Hennessy as its new editor, reported Mumbrella.

He will be in charge of a team that comprises senior reporter Jack Derwin, reporter Sharon Masige, and global news reporter Rosie Perper.

Hennessy had spent the past three and a half years co-managing Pedestrian TV as its deputy editor, staying on right through the Pedestrian Group’s merger with Allure Media. 

“We’re stoked James will be joining the talented Business Insider Australia team as editor. His reporting experience, conversational tone and impressive ability to look at a story differently is core to Business Insider and will help drive our refreshed editorial strategy forward,” said Business Insider, Gizmodo, Lifehacker and Kotaku head of editorial Jenni Ryall. 

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Wilson joins BuzzFeed Australia

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BuzzFeed Australia will be welcoming Cameron Wilson onto the team on 1 October.

Editor Laine Sainty said Wilson will be tasked with covering Australia’s tech industry and internet sphere. 

“Cam will lead our coverage of the Australian internet, looking at how the spread of information and online movements influence our politics and media. Buzzfeed News is a global leader in this exciting and evolving space, and I am confident Cam will set the bar high in Australia. He has reporting chops, a deep understanding of the social web, and is full of ideas — I can’t wait to work with him,” she said.

Wilson is currently wrapping up affairs at ABC Midwest/Greatbelt in Geraldton, WA, where he had been for the past six months. He joined the ABC in August 2016, when he started producing at ABC Radio Canberra.

Get to know Wilson on Twitter @CameronWilson and on LinkedIn.

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