Before joining the digital masthead, Ms Cronin was federal political correspondent at The Canberra Times and held a number of reporting roles there for more than a decade. She has also worked at Bundaberg News-Mail and The Queensland Times.
Simon Holt remains editor-in-chief of Brisbane Times.
The appointment reflects the huge growth of the digitally-driven newsroom in the past few years and expansion of Mr Holt’s role to focus on growth opportunities and realising commercial ventures and partnerships in keeping with the masthead’s increasing audience.
Sydney Morning Herald editor-in-chief Darren Goodsir, who has overarching responsibility for Brisbane Times, said Ms Cronin was one of the most talented editors in the Fairfax metro stable.
“This promotion is hard-earned, and well deserved,” he said. “The change will see Simon assuming greater responsibility for growth and strategic opportunities, allowing Danielle to assume day-to-day control of one of our most innovative digital newsrooms. She is impeccably suited to the role.
“Danielle and Simon know their audiences. Simon’s leadership, and connection to Brisbane and the Gold Coast, has pushed Brisbane Times into a leading news position,” Mr Goodsir said.
According to Nielsen Digital Ratings (Monthly), Brisbanetimes.com.au had a total digital audience of 1.4 million in March.
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