The Age’s Mark Hawthorne appointed as Fairfax Metro’s Victoria Publisher

Mark Hawthorne, senior editor of The Age, has been promoted to the newly created role of publisher, Victoria, for Metro Publishing.

Hawthorne has worked for Fairfax for 13 years, and has previously worked in editorial roles covering news, business, politics, sport, and lifestyle.

His journalism career has also seen him work as national business editor of Fairfax’s metropolitan mastheads, including the BusinessDay sections of The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.

Prior to joining Fairfax in 2004, Hawthorn spent seven years in London, working across the Sunday Business newspaper, Vogue, GQ, and Vanity Fair.

Chris Janz, managing director of Metro Publishing, said the appointment would provide the community and businesses with a “key local touchpoint.”

“Mark’s extensive editorial experience and knowledge of Victoria’s business, political and sporting circles make him well placed to drive strategies that deliver revenue growth and further elevate the connection The Age and other Fairfax Metro brands have with industry in Victoria, working closely with The Age editor Alex Lavelle and his editorial leaders, together with our strong Melbourne-based commercial team,” Janz said.

Hawthorne said he was humbled to be appointed.

“The Age and The Australian Financial Review are the newspapers I grew up with, the newspapers I have read almost every day since I was a teenager,” Hawthorne said.

“I still remember the excitement of walking into The Age newsroom for the first time in 1989. Later, when I returned from London, I printed out one copy of my resume and posted it to The Age.

“Amid all the changes happening to our industry, The Age is well positioned to succeed. It has the best newsroom in the country, the respect of readers and the community and the heritage and trust of being a 163-year-old masthead.”

Hawthorne will report to Janz. Other editorial and commercial reporting lines will not change.


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