Fairfax Media’s Sydney Morning Herald editor-in-chief, Darren Goodsir, resigns

Fairfax Media’s Sydney Morning Herald editor-in-chief, Darren Goodsir, has resigned after three-and-a-half years in the position and almost 20 years with the company.

SMH editor-in-chief Darren Goodsir resigns

SMH editor-in-chief Darren Goodsir has resigned

Sean Alymer, Fairfax Media’s editorial director, said: “Darren’s an incredibly talented journalist. He’s more than made his mark during his outstanding 32 years in journalism.

“That The Sydney Morning Herald reigns supreme as the nation’s number one masthead across all platforms is a credit to Darren’s outstanding editorial leadership of an incredibly talented team.

“We wish Darren all the very best as he takes some time to enjoy life beyond the media industry.”

When he took on the role in 2013 Goodsir’s appointment was welcomed by the newsroom and removed any doubt about Fairfax’s commitment to digital.

The digital drive will be seen as his main legacy, getting the newsroom to become more focused on the delivery across digital and print only months after the SMH moved to printing a compact edition on weekdays.

Another area where he was seen as influential was in maintaining the masthead’s independence in the face of pressure from then 14% shareholder Gina Rinehart.

The announcement of Goodsir’s resignation has come alongside three new senior appointments, with The Australian Financial Review’s European correspondent James Chessell named Fairfax Media’s national editor responsible for Federal politics, business and world coverage across both the SMH and The Age.

Lisa Davies, SMH deputy editor, has been named editor of the SMH and Alex Lavell has officially taken on the editor role at The Age after holding the role in an acting position at the end of last year.

Aylmer said: “Their appointments underline our commitment to producing quality journalism to inform and enrich the communities we serve.

“They are all outstanding journalists, skilled editors and passionate about journalism that packs a punch. Quality, agenda-setting journalism is what The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age are all about and will continue to deliver.

“Together, these editors ensure continued strength of the unique editorial voices of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. They will deliver on the needs of their Sydney and Melbourne local audiences, and work collaboratively to deliver outstanding and unrivalled national coverage.”

Chessell, Davies and Lavelle will report to Aylmer.


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