Fairfax Media has announced the appointment of new editors for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, as SMH editor-in-chief Darren Goodsir handed in his resignation after almost 20 years with the company.
Mr Goodsir had held the top editorial position for the past three-and-a-half-years. The position of editor-in-chief has now been abolished at both metropolitan dailies.
Lisa Davies has been appointed editor of the The Sydney Morning Herald, where she previously held the roles of deputy editor, investigations editor and justice editor.
Alex Lavelle, who has been acting editor of The Age since December, has been confirmed in the position. He has been with the masthead since 1999, and held the roles of deputy news director and sports editor. Mr Lavelle stood in as editor following the resignation of editor-in-chief Mark Forbes after complaints of sexual harassment.
In a third move, Australian Financial Review correspondent James Chessell has been appointed national editor, with responsibility for federal politics, business and world coverage across The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
Mr Chessell was previously The AFR’s European correspondent and business editor. He was jointly awarded the Walkley Award for business journalism in 2014 and Citi Journalism Award for Excellence in 2013.
Editorial director Sean Aylmer said: “These three accomplished Fairfax journalists step up into the roles as the most senior editorial voices of the mastheads.
“They are all outstanding journalists, skilled editors and passionate about journalism that packs a punch. Quality, agenda-setting journalism is what The SMH and The Age are all about and will continue to deliver.”
Mr Aylmer paid tribute to Mr Goodsir, who had worked across various Fairfax titles over the past two decades.
“Darren’s an incredibly talented journalist. He’s more than made his mark during his outstanding 32 years in journalism,” he said.
“We wish Darren all the very best as he takes some time to enjoy life beyond the media industry.”
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