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Which-50 makes Powell acting editor as it adjusts for the road ahead

By Elliott Richardson in Media News on
Editor-in-Chief of Which-50, Andrew Birmingham, announced last week that Matthew JC Powell will be stepping into the Acting Editor seat at the outlet, following Joseph Brookes' recent move to InnovationAus. The move is part of a number of changes as the outlet prepares to widen its coverage.
 
"Matthew has worked on Which-50 since the start and knows the audience and content really well," says Birmingham, saying Powell is expected to remain in the acting role for "the next few months."
 
"This allows me to take some time to make the appointment of a full-time editor as I want to spend that time finding someone who can add to the newer areas of focus such as the wider issue of business transformation, and the importance of sustainability as a driver of change and innovation."
 
Powell is set to work with Velvet-Belle Templeman who is moving into a reporter role five days per week. Templeman has been working as part of the wider Boardroom Media team, while already contributing to Which-50 as the Minicast editor, and Birmingham says she will focus on increasing audio and video content for the outlet.
 
Birmingham has also added two new contributors to Which-50, Cheryl Hayman and Simon Robinson.
 
"Cheryl Hayman is a non-executive director of ASX listed Shiro Australia and HGL, as well as Chartered Accountants ANZ. She will be bringing the perspective of the board to Which-50," explains Birmingham.
 
"Simon Robinson is the managing director of i-risq and he will be writing about cybersecurity. Simon comes from a risk management background, and prior to that, a Defence background."
 
Birmingham says Hayman will typically file monthly for Which-50, while Robinson will be a more regular contributor. Both now have their first contributions online at the site.
 
Broadly, Birmingham sees the increased access to the C-suite through their merge with Boardroom Media has created new opportunities and new focus. The site's circulation has doubled to almost 8500, with the majority of readers with CEO, CFO, COO and Director titles.
 
"For my mates in PR, we are going to be planning out the cover stories further in advance, we will be launching a weekly newsletter focused on Australian digital businesses both listed, and seeking funds," says Birmingham. 
 
"This will not only cover tech and telco businesses but the whole local ecosystem from ecommerce companies like Booktopia or Adore Beauty, to platforms like Atlassian or Canva, pretty much any locally launched businesses that are principally digital in nature.
 
"So – and I can’t believe I’m saying this – please send us all of your press releases!"
 
Birmingham says new monthly deep dive newsletter feature series will be planned with three month lead times, with a first series on business and sustainability coming in early May.
 

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Wilson off to Crikey

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Cameron Wilson has started with Crikey as an associate editor.

He detailed in a tweet that he will cover various current affairs issues in Australia, ranging from politics to conspiracy and extremism.

Wilson was previously with the Pedestrian Group as reporter for Business Insider and Gizmodo. 

Follow Wilson on Twitter @CameronWilson.

SBS decommissions The World Game

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SBS brand “The World Game” is being discontinued after a 20-year-run.

The network revealed that the websites of The World Game and Cycling Central will be closed down. All their content will be published on the SBS Sport website instead.

Established in 2001 by famed broadcaster Les Murray and former Socceroos captain, and coach Johnny Warren, The World Game was a six-hour Sunday sports show covering Australian and international football. 

The show brought nationwide attention to football and was at its peak in 2006 when Australia competed in the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 32 years.

The live show was eventually cancelled and repurposed as a weekly livecast hosted by Lucy Zelic and David Basheer.

“The decision to retire The World Game website was not made lightly. A small number of roles will be impacted as a result of these changes. SBS is working closely with the employees directly affected,” a company representative said.

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Anthony Caruana has had a long stint as a freelance technology journalist, and has written across the gamut of industry publications. Always a freelancer, he also held long term roles with outlets including Lifehacker and Australian Macworld, and was the founding editor of Technology Decisions. His byline has popped up in pretty well every local outlet over the past 18 years.
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We chatted to Anthony about the decision to end his journalistic career and his thoughts on the state of the industry in recent years.

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Welsh signs on to AFL

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Sophie Welsh is coming to the AFL.

She hinted in a Tweet that a role at AFL.com.au is already open for her, having also stepped down from the Melbourne Herald-Sun. 

Welsh was with the paper for almost three years, working up from an internship to digital producer. 

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Australian Community Media brings back regional printing

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Australian Community Media (ACM) will resume printing of publications in regional NSW, SA, and Queensland next week, reported Mumbrella.

ACM chief marketing officer Paul Tyrrell said specific titles in the three states have been marked to be back on the presses, but some websites may be decommissioned in light of lower ad revenues. The funding for the printing will come from the government’s Public Interest News Gathering program.

For NSW, the papers are The Armidale Express, Bellingen Courier-Sun, the Dungog Chronicle, and Wingham Chronicle. The Wingham Chronicle’s official website, however, will be incorporated into that of the Manning River Times. The Bellingen Courier-Sun website was recently shut down following the activation of a new northern NSW title, the Northern Rivers Review. 

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The show, helmed by Australian journalists Rae Johnston, Tegan Jones, Angharad Yeo and Amanda Yeo covers tech news and opinions, launched in January 2021.

The iHeart Network approached the group following their second episode with the deal seeing the podcast now joining the iHeartPodcast stable and reaching wider audiences.

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"We’re absolutely stoked to be joining the iHeartPodcast Network. We were thrilled when iHeart approached us after our second episode dropped in January, and joining forces just seemed like a no-brainer!
 
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