Editor of The Chronicle and The Sunday Canberra Times, Niall Boyle, is the new editor of Albury-Wodonga newspaper The Border Mail.
Boyle replaces current Border Mail editor Di Thomas, who will finish up at the end of this week. Thomas resigned in May following cuts to 23 full time staff at the masthead.
At The Canberra Times, Niall has led dual teams of reporters filing for the masthead’s Sunday edition and the weekly community newspaper The Chronicle, which serves suburban Canberra and neighbouring Queanbeyan.
Australian Community Media Victorian editor Andrew Eales announced the appointment in an email to staff.
“In the coming weeks Niall will be relocating to the Albury region, where the family of his fiancée lives. I know Niall is looking forward to leading the Border Mail at this exciting point in its history,” Mr Eales said.
“His energy, ideas and passion for news will help ensure the masthead and its editorial team thrive in the transition to the new way of working.”
ACM’s new digital-first publishing system, NewsNow, was rolled out last year and has enabled a more efficient production process for regional newsrooms, bringing in bigger digital audiences, although it has at times coincided with staff reductions in community papers.
Irish-born Boyle kicked off his journalism career in his home country where he worked at several newspapers before moving to Australia in 2010.
Since then, he has edited Western Australia’s only regional daily paper, the Kalgoorlie Miner, and has worked as a sub-editor at The West Australian and a news editor of two West Australian Newspapers weeklies in Rockingham, south of Perth.
Boyle is soon to visit Albury to meet staff before he takes on the new role in early July. Standing in until his arrival will be deputy editor Julie Coe, supported by the Victorian ACM leadership team.
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