Buzzfeed Australia grows team with the appointment of Cameron Wilson

Lane Sainty has finished the recruitment drive announced upon being appointed to the editor role at Buzzfeed Australia earlier this year, with the publication adding the ABC’s Cameron Wilson to its team.

Mumbrella can reveal Wilson will be leading the coverage around the Australian internet and will focus on web culture.

Cam Wilson will cover internet culture for Buzzfeed Australia

The appointment of Wilson completes Sainty’s new team, with Gina Rushton reporting on women, and Hannah Ryan focusing on immigration and privacy.

Sainty said the appointment would help the team further its plans to set the bar high in Australia.

“I’m so delighted that Cameron Wilson is joining our Sydney team,” said Sainty.

“Cam will lead our coverage of the Australian internet, looking at how the spread of information and online movements influence our politics and media. Buzzfeed News is a global leader in this exciting and evolving space, and I am confident Cam will set the bar high in Australia. He has reporting chops, a deep understanding of the social web, and is full of ideas — I can’t wait to work with him.”

Sainty has a big role ahead of her rebuilding Buzzfeed’s Australian outpost after 11 staff members were made redundant in January, primarily from the newsroom. Simon Crerar, Buzzfeed Australia’s general manager, was one of the people to be axed, as was political editor Alice Workman and news reporter Brad Esposito.

“The team’s focus will be on beat reporting where we can stand out and punch above our weight. Gina Rushton will continue her award-winning reporting on women, and Hannah Ryan will be digging into immigration and privacy,” said Sainty.

Wilson joins from a reporter position in Geraldton, Western Australia and will begin on October 1.


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