Fairfax has made two senior appointments in Victoria and New Zealand this week, including the newly-created national community titles editor role at Fairfax NZ.
Jeremy Rees has taken on the new editorial role in New Zealand as part of the publisher’s new newsroom system, which focuses on a hyperlocal and digital-centric approach to journalism. His is one of several new senior editorial positions designed to enhance local and national journalism across all NZ mastheads.
Sinead Boucher, Fairfax NZ’s executive editor, said Mr Rees would build and develop the publisher’s approach to its network of community newspapers, with a focus on innovation and experimentation.
Currently associate editor and head of digital content for the New Zealand Herald, Mr Rees has held several key roles at the masthead, including editor and then publisher of the nzherald.co.nz, editor of the Weekend Herald and head of news.
Under his editorship, the Weekend Herald was awarded best weekly newspaper at the Canon Media Awards, and he has led his team to several other gongs including best website and digital innovation.
Fairfax Media also has a new Victorian agency sales director in former managing director of Initiative, Andrew Mudgway. The appointment was announced today by national agency sales director Chris Freel.
Reporting to Mr Freel, Mr Mudgway will be responsible for leading Fairfax’s Victorian agency sales team across digital, print and mobile products.
He began his media career at George Patterson and DDB before moving to Paris with OMD. On his return to Australia he joined Zenith Optimedia and Austereo in strategy and sales roles. He arrived at Initiative in 2010.
Mr Mudgway’s appointment is effective from July 2015.