mX and Australian appointments highlight digital focus

mX and Australian appointments highlight digital focusMembers of the mX team (L-R) digital editor Emma Wardill, Daily Telegraph senior writer Melissa Matheson, publisher Tamarra Oppen and editor-in-chief Craig Herbert at the 2014 Newspaper of the Year Awards in Sydney. Photo: Lucas Jarvis

News Corp Australia is looking to boost its reader engagement and digital leadership capacity with a slew of appointments at The Australian and the commuter daily mX.

Stuart Fagg, who is currently the head of digital product for Business Spectator will retain that position, but also take on the same role for The Australian. Mr Fagg will be responsible for growing the newspaper’s suite of digital products.

“We have enjoyed double digit growth in paid digital audience … but our aspirations are to grow faster in 2015,” The Australian’s CEO Nicholas Gray said.

The newspaper will also take on a new digital editor, Andrew Webster, who is currently head of digital at the Courier-Mail. The current digital editor, Rod Dalton, is moving on to become the editor for tablet, mobile and emerging platforms.

Meanwhile, Angeline Nichols joins News Corp Australia as a digital sales manager for The Australian and Business Spectator, coming from the federal Department of Industry.

And Jo Barton, formerly of Bauer Media, joins the  Australian team as the head of strategy and partnerships.

“With these appointments, we believe we have the digital team best equipped to drive this growth,” Mr Gray said.

At mX,  Craig Herbert has been promoted to the newly-created position of editor-in-chief and a digital editor has been appointed as the masthead seeks to expand its reader engagement across multiple channels.

Based in Melbourne, Mr Herbert will have national control of mX and the masthead’s editorial teams in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, with oversight of mX‘s suite of print and digital products.

Emma Wardill, the editor of the Brisbane edition of mX, will take on the role of mX digital editor. Ms Wardill will be responsible for the development and management of mX’s digital strategy, including its online, mobile and social products.

Mr Herbert has been mX senior editor for two years and, previously, Sydney mX editor. He also has held a number of positions on The Daily Telegraph and the former Sydney afternoon paper, The Daily Mirror.

Ms Wardill has been the Brisbane mX editor since 2012. She joined mX from The Courier-Mail where she held a number of reporting and senior editorial roles in Brisbane and Canberra, including news director.

Sydney mX editor Melissa Matheson will move to a senior writing role with The Sunday Telegraph, and will continue to write a weekly column for The Daily Telegraph. Ms Mathieson joined mX in May 2013, having previously worked as a news and features reporter with The Daily Telegraph.

Mr Reid said: “Melissa is a highly-talented journalist and we look forward to her adding a new voice to the most popular newspapers in Australia.”

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