The man who led the Fairfax strikes has joined the journalist’s union as a campaigner.
Marcus Strom led industrial action against plans to outsource Fairfax production to New Zealand in May as Fairfax house committee chairman.
He started at the Media Alliance last week having taken a year of unpaid leave from Fairfax, where he was deputy foreign editor on The Sydney Morning Herald.
Strom takes on a role campaigning about the future of journalism.
“We need to maintain our commitment to traditional bases of journalism, such as newspapers, the ABC and commercial broadcasting networks,” said Strom. “But we also need to look closer at online journalism and blogs, and ensure we are relevant to new forms of journalism.”
Replacing Strom as house committee chairman is Sydney Morning Herald business journalist Stuart Washington.
On his experience at Fairfax, Strom added: “It has been upsetting for a lot of people. But Fairfax will survive.”