‘Times’ finds a platform to the future

Welcome to the new world of topic and platform editors at “The Canberra Times” as the deckchairs get shuffled… and they import a life and entertainment topic editor from WA.

From: Rod Quinn

Sent: Wednesday, 22 August 2012 5:29 PM

To: All Editorial

Cc: Ken Nichols

Subject: Attention all staff — editorial appointments


Attention all staff: editorial appointments

Today we are delighted to announce a new senior editorial team for The Canberra Times.

Appointing our team is one of the most significant steps yet towards implementing our new newsroom structure. It is the group who will guide The Canberra Times as we implement our strategy to deliver content to audiences across multiple platforms throughout the day.

As you know, the new structure is the result of months of work that has involved hundreds of people throughout the Metro division. It has been a long, complex but nevertheless rewarding process that has created a model that will enable us to become a truly digital-first newsroom. I would like to thank Grant Newton for his tireless efforts as a member of the newsroom project group, as well as everyone at The Canberra Times who participated in the process and those who applied for the new roles advertised last month.

The appointments to the five positions advertised are:

Deputy news director: Grant Newton

Print editor (Monday to Saturday): Ben Doherty

Sections editor: Natasha Rudra

Life and entertainment topic editor: Jenna Clarke (presently Lifestyle and Entertainment Reporter at WAToday)

Production editor: Patrick Baggoley

After acting in the role for several months, we are also delighted to confirm Karleen Minney’s official appointment as photographic editor.

Ben and Natasha join our existing platform editors Simon Holt (online) and Scott Hannaford (Sunday). David McLennan will be the launch editor for our newest platform, the iPad, when our app goes live next month.

Jenna, who brings a wealth of digital experience to her new role, will join her fellow topic editors John-Paul Moloney (ACT editor), Chris Wilson (sport) and Cameron Ross (community/oped).

With these key appointments made, some of the next steps will be to allocate staff to topic areas, introduce daily national briefings and structured planning sessions, begin training and start our own new meeting routine. We expect to make substantial progress on these in the next few weeks.

Clearly, we still have plenty to do. But at a time when our audiences have never been bigger, with visitors to our website topping one million a month and with an exciting new iPad application on the way, we are confident that we can achieve our goal.

Please join us in congratulating the new editorial management team.


Rod Quinn                                James Joyce

Editor in chief                          News director



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