Fairfax appoints HuffPost’s Tory Maguire as national editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age

Fairfax has appointed Tory Maguire, formerly editor-in-chief of HuffPost Australia, as national editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

The joint venture between HuffPost Australia and Fairfax unravelled in November, with Fairfax looking to redeploy some staff members into the metro publishing business.

Maguire joins Fairfax from HuffPost Australia

Following the end of the JV, Josh Butler, formerly associate editor was appointed as HuffPost Australia editor in February, however a month later he announced his defection to Ten’s new publishing venture, Ten Daily, as senior reporter.

Former HuffPost CEO JJ Eastwood has also reappeared as APAC managing director of digital marketing agency Rakuten.

Maguire’s redeployment to the senior Fairfax role means she will be responsible for leafing federal politics, business and world coverage across the company’s capital city mastheads.

She will report into group executive editor, Australian Metro Publishing James Chessell, who said the news rooms will benefit from the appointment.

“Tory is an outstanding journalist with around two decades’ experience editing and reporting news and federal politics. She is a proven leader in digital publishing with an excellent track record of leading news rooms and producing engaging journalism. Our news rooms will benefit greatly from Tory’s expertise.”

Fairfax said Maguire’s digital skills meet the papers’ editorial objectives of breaking news and producing high-quality, agenda-setting journalism.

Prior to her two-and-a-half years at HuffPost, Maguire held senior editor and journalist roles with News Corp , including as political reporter in the Canberra press gallery, night editor of The Daily Telegraph, editor of The Punch and national roles in online publishing and innovation.

Maguire begins her tole on 16 April.


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