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Williams off to Lawn Bowls Australia

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Lachlan Williams (photo credit: Stawell-Times News)Sportswriter Lachlan Williams has signed up with Lawn Bowls Australia as its new communications and digital coordinator for participation .

Williams came over from the Stawell Times-News, where he exited last month after being on the rolls since May 2017. His previous sports journo work was with FOX Sports Australia on an internship.

Stay in touch with Williams on Twitter @WilliamsLach.

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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. 

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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.

O’Mallon signs with AAP

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Finbar O’Mallon has joined the Australian Associated Press (AAP).

He joined the agency after finishing up almost three years with The Canberra Times. His last article with the paper tackled the potential effect of a NSW Central Coast zoning proposal on Eurobodalla, NSW’s oyster industry.

Follow O’Mallon on Twitter @FinbarOMallon and on LinkedIn. 

Millett passes away

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Former reporter and ABC communications director Mick Millett has died of cancer at 60 years old.

ABC managing director David Anderson said Millett had been ill for a certain period and passed away during the weekend. While offering his condolences to the family, Anderson also noted Millett for staying true to his journalist background even when representing the network at government hearings in Canberra. 

“He remained a reporter at heart, and he came from a generation of journalists who held sacred the values of truth and accountability. He was tireless in his defence of public broadcasting and the rights of journalists everywhere,” said Anderson.

Millett was one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s highly-seasoned staff members. He worked at the paper for 20 years, from political correspondent all the way to deputy editor. He took up the ABC communications director post in 2009, serving under Anderson and predecessors Mark Scott and Michelle Guthrie. 

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Weekly Times turning 150 years

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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 adapt

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