Junkee’s Meg Watson to take editor’s role at Crikey

Meg Watson, editor of Junkee Media, will depart the company at the end of the year after being named new associate editor of Crikey.

Watson was promoted from her role as Junkee’s entertainment and features editor in July last year, taking the role vacated by founding editor Steph Harmon.

Watson will join Crikey in January

Mumbrella understands Junkee Media will now be looking for a features editor to replace Watson.

Tim Duggan, publisher and co-founder of the youth publisher said he was proud of all the work she had created, and was looking forward to seeing her follow her career at Crikey and beyond.

“Meg has worked with us for four years, originally as a freelancer, then Weekend Editor, Staff Writer and then had a fast rise to Junkee’s Editor. Meg has been an amazing editor and instrumental in helping establish Junkee as the force it is today,” Duggan said.

Meanwhile, Watson joins Crikey as associate editor, replacing Cassidy Knowlton as editor. Knowlton left the role after less than two years.

Watson said she was looking forward to bring the energy and insight from Junkee Media to Crikey.

“I’m so incredibly proud of all the work I’ve been able to do at Junkee. This little site has grown into one of the most important, fun and exciting publications in the country, and a huge platform for young voices,” Watson said.

She will commence her new role in January.

Junkee Media is also searching for a new editor of its Westpac funded branded-content lifestyle and money publication, The Cusp.

The search comes nine months after the two year old publication named Amelia Marshall as editor.

Marshall – who is joining Sydney tech company Canva – joined the publication after six years with the ABC, replacing editor Sonia Taylor, who left to pursue freelance opportunities.

Amelia Marshall replaces Sonia

Marshall has been with the publication for nine months

In a post on the company’s website, Junkee said it is looking for a new editor to be responsible for writing daily news and features while managing an in-house staff writer and team of contributors.

“The ideal candidate will be a super fast writer, well-versed in standard editorial operations and have a sophisticated understanding of the digital publishing ecosystem and native content. You’ll be social media savvy and know how to get your content seen as widely as possible, so a proven track record of amplifying content digitally will be looked upon very favourably,” Junkee Media writes.

Duggan said Marshall has been amazing to work with.

“She is true talent who brought a lot to the Junkee team and we’re all going to miss her a lot. I wish her all the best at Canva,” Duggan said.

Marshall said she was proud to have worked for the company.

“Junkee is so important to the Australian media landscape, providing a progressive voice for young people.

“I’m now looking forward to joining Canva and being a part of their amazing story.”

Applications for Marshall’s replacement closes on December 4.


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