The Age sports new sheen

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The Age logo (photo credit: The Age website)One of Fairfax Media’s leading newspapers, The Age, has debuted a brand-new look for its website.

The new website highlights the bigger stories of the day on the home page itself, supported by a bite-sized introduction for each. A sidebar tab will show content categories, with some sections linked to associated Fairfax publications such as Good Food and Domain.  

Advertisers also have additional space to use with the site’s real estate available in various rich media formats such as 360-degree video and augmented-reality content.

The Age’s overhaul itself was developed using feedback gathered from its audience since Fairfax started the revamps at the Brisbane Times last year. The Sydney Morning Herald is the last major Fairfax newspaper to undergo the overhaul next month, said Australian Media Publishing managing director Chris Janz.

“It’s a privilege to work on bringing the next iteration of Melbourne’s iconic masthead to our readers.  We’ve been part of the Victorian conversation for 164 years and today’s relaunch of The Age shows we’re continually evolving to remain at the heart of their digital news experience,” added The Age editor Alex Lavelle.

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Wong-See joins ABC Sunshine Coast

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Tim Wong-See is coming to the ABC’s Sunshine Coast studios.

The veteran radio presenter Tweeted that he is slated to join the station as a morning show producer.

Wong-See joined the ABC in March 2018 as reporter and producer with ABC’s Gold Coast bureau.

He had previously been with NOVA 106.9 until his contract lapsed at the end of last year in the wake of restructuring moves, as reported by Radioinfo, then became senior producer at SBS for most of the summer of 2017/2018.

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Buchan tackles WIN sports beat

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WIN News Central Queensland in Rockhampton welcomed Erin Buchan as its new sports journalist in early August.

Buchan signed up with the network a few weeks after graduating from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Journalism degree, Sports Studies major.

Get to know Buchan on LinkedIn.

Tuohy leaves Herald Sun

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Wendy Tuohy has stepped down from the Herald Sun.

She announced her exit in a Tweet where she thanked the staff for a long run as contributing blogger and feature writer, focusing on women's issues and family matters, among others.

Tuohy was with the Herald Sun for over ten years. She previously served with The Age as editor and deputy chief of staff and with ABC 774 Southbank as morning presenter.

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ACCC starts Nine-Fairfax merger review

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The ACCC has begun a review of the proposed merger behind Fairfax Media and the Nine Network.

In a market enquiries letter, ACCC GM for merger investigations Tom Leuner said the commission was concerned about the competitive impact of the merger.

A list of 27 questions was also laid down for both companies and other interested parties, which include questions about how both entities’ media platforms operated and the nature of their conduct with advertisers.

The ACCC set September 7, 2018 as the deadline for feedback, with a ruling to be possibly announced on November 8.

Luxury watch magazine Chrono arrives Down Under

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Having operated for the past decade solely in the United Kingdom, deluxe watch publication, Chrono has arrived in Australia with its first edition hitting shelves this month.
 
The title has arrived in Australia courtesy of the Motoring Media Network, publishers of EVO Australia, with EVO subscribers receiving a copy of Chrono Australia’s inaugural issue.
 
The magazine covers everything related to timepieces from reviewing the latest watches to providing a history of the watches worn by James Bond.
 
Former editor of Bauer Media publication Men’s Style, Michael Pickering, has been handed the reins of Chrono Australia and said he’ll be trying to ensure all areas of the industry are covered whilst maintaining a focus on the high-end segment of the market.
 
“We try to cover all bases as any self-respecting watch magazine would. So it's high-end mechanical pieces but also smartwatches and electronic watches,” Pickering said.
 

News Corp journos prevail at NRMA Awards

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This year’s NRMA Kennedy Awards for Excellence in Journalism became a glory run for journalists from News Corp Australia, earning 14 of the 35 honours on the rolls.

At the top of the list, The Daily Telegraph national political editor Sharri Markson made history for News Corp when she became the conglomerate’s first Kennedy Prize for Journalist of the Year recipient, based on her coverage of big stories such as the Barnaby Joyce scandal and the NSW Rural Fire Service’s conduct during the Tathra blazes this year. She later received the Outstanding Political Journalism award and was a joint recipient with Kylar Loussikian for the Rebecca Wilson Scoop of the Year award.

Other News Corp honourees include News.com.au national news reporter Benedict Brook (Outstanding Reporting on the Environment), Australian FOXTel ‘s Ivan O’Mahoney, Dan Box, and Nial Fulton (Outstanding Online Video), and The Daily Telegraph’s Ray Thomas (Rod Allen Award Racing Writer

Anderson lands 9Honey editorship

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Shauna Anderson (pictured) is coming back to the Nine Network – as the new editor of 9Honey.

She recently wrapped up affairs as news editor at Kidspot to take up the new job in October 2018. Anderson’s previous sojourn with Nine was as chief of staff at morning show Today.

“I’m so excited to be joining 9Honey – a site that in less than two years has established itself as a real leader in the online lifestyle space. This is a great opportunity to continue growing the audience and developing the proposition for an audience of women interested in our lifestyle content,” said Anderson of her new opportunity.

At the same time, current 9Honey deputy editor Julia Naughton was promoted to managing director of lifestyle.

Naughton previously held editorial roles at the Huffington Post and Cosmopolitan.

Nine digital content director Helen McCabe praised Anderson and Naughton for their experience in lifestyle topics, and expressed confidence in their new jo

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