The Illawarra Mercury has appointed its first female general manager, Corinne Whiteman, and a new advertising manager, Lisa Rodgers.
The management changes follow the masthead’s relocation to new premises in the centre of Wollongong CBD.
Ms Whiteman said she was excited to be leading the masthead in a time of new and evolving platforms in media.
“Our audiences are sophisticated and keen for news,” she said. “We are focused on delivering the very best for them across all platforms and continuing our award-winning record.”
She cited Mercury journalist Louise Turk’s award for Positive Media at last year’s National Youth Awards for her story on youth health services.
“There should be no doubt that the Illawarra Mercury has a strong future as we grow the masthead and continue with our involvement in the local community.”
Ms Rodgers said she was starting at an exciting time for the Mercury.
“Fairfax Marketing Services has launched, so we can offer a complete suite of media products plus a fast-growing mobile audience and more options online,” she said. “Illawarra businesses have more choices than ever before.”
Ms Whiteman previously held the role of commercial manager for south-west Sydney in the Fairfax Community Newspaper group. She has a strong newspaper background in addition to 16 years’ experience in the commercial retail industry.
Ms Rodgers was previously a state manager with News Corp Australia’s CareerOne, with experience across print, online and recruitment.
The Mercury has seen strong digital growth, with a 64.9 per cent increase on unique visitors last month compared with April 2013, reaching 370,787 unique visitors, and 46.5 per cent year-on-year increase on page views, hitting 3.61 million.
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