Johnson moves on from NewsCorp

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on

Daniel Johnson (photo credit: Muck Rack)Daniel Johnson has stepped down from reporter work with NewsCorp Australia.

He stated in a Tweet that he was seeking new opportunities.

Johnson had been at the Courier-Mail as sub-editor, and music and features writer since joining the paper in 2009.

Follow Johnson on  LinkedIn and Twitter @DanJohnson1979.

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The transition and closures come as the latest in a line of local news shutdowns, impacting thousands of journalists.

For many regional towns and cities, locals have long-relied on their local newspaper to keep them informed of important stories and events. 

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The NSW south coast will have a new digital radio station next month, called Kiama Community Radio.

Radioinfo reported that a number of local residents have volunteered to work on the new endeavour, which is aimed at listeners in the Kiama LGA from Minnamurra to as far west as Jamberoo. 

The team spent the past month on crowdfunding efforts, and is planning a one-hour weekly show over its official website, then expanding the content to webcasting and podcasts. Actress Diana McLaren has agreed to host the new show.

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She had spent almost five years at the publication, the last 18 months of which as markets editor and fashion office manager.

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