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By Elliott Richardson in Media News on
Junkee editor Rae Johnston has announced that she will be moving to NITV in mid-November as the broadcaster’s inaugural science and technology editor, where she will work alongside online editor Jack Latimore.
Johnston has been with Junkee since joining the outlet in September 2018. She has been a regular host on NITV shows since 2016 as well as co-hosting SBS’s The Feed and Small Business Secrets.
 
Speaking to Influencing, she said the move to NITV appealed to her as it gave her a wide variety of resources and media to tell interesting stories.
 
I've worked with NITV on a casual basis for over three years now, so I know and love the audience and team already. Further to that, though -- this is literally a dream role. 
 
“The opportunity to look at a story that falls under my remit, think "this would work well as a podcast/news package/online article/documentary and to have the resources to explore those options? It's an incredible role with an incredible team, and I can't wait to see what we can create together,” Johnston said.
 
She will be looking to cover a wide range of topics and stories that fall under science and technology.
 
“Everything from the benefits of video games, to the latest smartphone features, breakthroughs in health research or discoveries in space. It's a broad remit, with a lot of topics I am passionate about and have a lot of experience covering. So it'll be a fun adventure to see how we can bring news on the topics to NITV viewers and readers,” she said.
 
Having spent more than a year at Junkee, Johnston said she’s proud of the job she did at the outlet.
 
“I'm really proud of what I've achieved at Junkee. I was originally brought on to establish gaming and tech on the site, and when I look at that gaming vertical now I see a bunch of celebratory, accessible and intelligent mainstream stories written by some of the country’s best gaming and tech writers. It will forever be a career highlight. 
 
“I'm also really grateful to the new voices who trusted me to help them tell their stories on Junkee. We were able to get some really important perspectives out there, and I can't thank them enough,” she said.
 
Replacing Johnston will be current Junkee deputy editor Patrick Lenton.
 
Lenton has been with the outlet fulltime since January 2018, although he did previously contribute as a freelancer.
 
Speaking to Influencing, he said it was a joy to work with Johnston and is looking forward to taking over when she departs on November 13.
 
“Rae is a delight to work with -- she's an absolute star, knows gaming and tech inside out, and will be greatly missed at Junkee. I love the absurd, silly, and weird stories that Junkee regularly covers, and look forward to ramping that content up,” he said.
 
Lenton added that he’ll continue to accept pitches across the full range of Junkee’s coverage.
 
“I'm going to continue commissioning pop-culture and entertainment stories -- film, tv, podcasts and online culture, but I’ll also be looking for news and politics, gender and sexuality, and gaming and tech,” Lenton said.
 
Junkee is yet to announce a new deputy editor.
 
You can keep in touch with Rae Johnston on Twitter.

You can email Patrick Lenton on plenton@junkeemedia.com.

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