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SMH/The Age Canberra team adds new staff

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on

The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald (photo credit: Fairfax Media)The Canberra bureau of The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) and The Age has new staff on deck. 

SMH European correspondent-designate Bevan Shields tweeted the new staff roster. He will entrust his old post of bureau chief to Angus Livingston, who previously covered Canberra politics for the AAP. 

Anthony Galloway is coming in as foreign affairs and national security correspondent. He was with the Melbourne Herald Sun for four years, which included a national political reporter post. 

Current SMH media and telecommunications reporter Jennifer Duke is heading from Sydney to the ACT as economics reporter.

National rural affairs reporter Mike Foley is onboard as climate and energy reporter. He has been tackling agriculture topics since starting out at The Land in 2011.

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Vogue Australia site revamped

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Vogue Australia has rolled out a brand-new look for its website,

The revamp was based on parent firm Conde Nast International’s global design template for Vogue’s online presence, which focused on highlighting images and associated articles in the centre of a page, plus including premium ad content in selected spaces and Vogue VIP member access. It is also fixed up for optimum viewing on mobile devices.

The Vogue Australia team worked with Conde Nast to ensure the design elements were accurately placed. The project is part of Vogue Australia’s 60th anniversary celebrations.

“With the launch of the all new we are providing our audience with a beautiful and enriched website that moves us into our next decade… Vogue Australia now shares a common visual narrative with other Vogue’s around the world including Vogue Paris, Vogue Germany and British Vogue. Australia is the first licensed market in the world to adopt the n

Reilly to finish career

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Jane Reilly is retiring after a 44-year career.

She announced in today’s broadcast of Fiveaa’s breakfast show David and Will that she will retire at the end of 2019, with her farewell airing set for 13 December. 

She had been a guest contributor since leaving the show as host in 2015. However, she has declared herself available for Fiveaa’s special projects that may arise in 2020.

“I’m calling next year, my first year of retirement, my big gap year… no plans for next year I’m just going to freewheel, I’m going to misbehave, I’m going to have a lot of fun. I hope you will still let me back occasionally,” said Reilly, whose career began at SAS 10 back in 1975, where she stayed until 2013. 

Reilly’s announcement of her retirement came as Fiveaa rolled out its 2020 programming. One of the most notable items to look forward to is the 20 January return of Tony Pilkington after a ten-year absence, succeeding Alan

Bardas signs with Val Morgan

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Val Morgan Digital has hired Amanda Bardas as the new executive editor of its digital publishing arm.

She was accepted for the job on account of her eight years’ experience in the local fashion publishing scene, roughly half of it with Allure Media, where she rose from fashion editor of Who What Wear Australia to executive editor. 

“I’m looking forward to leading our team as we build and launch a new publishing platform that fills a gap in the Australian market for content that unlocks rich conversations and drives a deeper understanding of entertainment, life and style, wellness and culture,” said Bardas.

“Amanda’s remarkable track record makes her a critical part of our digital team. Having worked with her in the past, I’m excited to welcome Amanda on board as we diversify the digital publishing division of Val Morgan,” added Val Morgan Digital managing director Brain Florido. 

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Fordham to join NewsCast

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NewsCorp Australia has appointed Del Fordham as NewsCast’s head of audio. 

He will collaborate with NewsCast’s component brands in the development and production of original audio material, and help increase their audience engagement. NewsCast chief and News Corp Australia GM for commercial networks Ainslee O’Brien will be Fordham’s immediate superior. 

Fordham has over 15 years’ experience in the audio content field, having produced and managed shows for companies including the ABC, Southern Cross Austereo, and NOVA Entertainment. 

“I’m passionate about original productions, on-demand content and bringing together different creators and content pillars to create synergies. Our growth strategy and upcoming original content slate will only build on the great momentum NewsCast has,” said Fordham.

The Guardian offers extra NZ coverage

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The Australian edition of The Guardian newspaper will have more content pieces about New Zealand.

International news editor Bonnie Malkin said expanding the paper’s New Zealand coverage was warranted after uncovering strong interest from Kiwi readers for existing articles. The new section will feature articles with themes relevant to NZ readers such as social justice, social inequality, indigenous affairs, environmental issues, politics, and sports.

To cover the new content load, the Guardian is seeking new freelance staff to supplant a full-time and a part-time journalist currently on the rolls. 

Meanwhile, the paper also announced the creation of a new Lifestyle section, with former TimeOut Sydney/Melbourne editorial director Alyx Gorman as its editor. The section will offer Australian-themed stories from an array of contributors including MasterChef Australia season II winner Adam Liaw and restauranteur Palisa Anderson.

“Lifestyle sections often focus on celebri

Fray joins Private Media

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Peter Fray has signed up with Private Media as its new editor-in-chief. 

The new opportunity is a two-fold role for Fray. The editor-in-chief role will have him running oversight for news brands Crikey, Smart Company, and The Mandarin. He will also be the managing editor for Crikey and its INQ investigative journalism division. 

Fray comes into Private with a sterling record to boot. Currently working at UTS as a journalism professor and co-director of the university’s Centre for Media Transition, Fray had previously been editor/EIC/publisher of the Sydney Morning Herald and later founded his own political news arm, PolitiFact Australia. He also took up editor posts at The Canberra Times and The Age.

“I have long admired the work of Crikey and celebrated the work of the Mandarin and Smart Company. The new INQ team brings a compelling dimension to Crikey’s subscriber offering, with its investigative work. I am very much looking forward to being part of its

Kruger resigns on air

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Channel Nine’s Sonia Kruger has resigned on-air from her position as co-host of Today Extra, appearing poised to return to Channel Seven.
After eight fabulous years, I'm leaving the show and the Nine Network. I've had an amazing time here and I've been privileged to work on some top-shelf programs,” Kruger said.
She will finish up her role on 15 November after eight years with the network. Alongside being co-host of Today Extra, she also hosted singing reality show, The Voice.
Channel Seven is yet to confirm that Kruger is returning, although it’s believed she will host the network’s reboot of Big Brother, a show she hosted from 2012-2014 at Nine.
The move comes after it was announced Georgie Gardner would be leaving the Today Show with Karl Stefanovic returning to the breakfast slot alongside Allison Langdon.

Kruger can be followed on Twitter.

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