Newspaperman Mitchell Murphy takes senior role at The Newspaper Works

mitchell murphyIndustry body The Newspaper Works has appointed newspaper veteran Mitchell Murphy to a senior role within the organisation.

Murphy is a former editor-in-chief and circulation director of Fairfax Media’s Illawarra Mercury. He was also group editor-in-chief of Fairfax Community Newspapers in NSW and Victoria, and founding managing editor of

Murphy’s appointment comes after the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers Association was merged into The Newspaper Works, which saw the departure of PANPA’s boss Mark Hollands.

According to The Newspaper Works: “Murphy will also assume the roles previously undertaken by the NPA/PANPA, including organising the Newspaper of the Year Awards and developing strong relations throughout all levels of the industry.”

Murphy is a member of the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council and was most recently a publisher of Fairfax Media’s national NZ broadsheet, The Sunday Star-Times, and the Auckland Now website.

“Mitchell brings great breadth and depth of experience in all areas of newspaper publishing – from regional and metropolitan newspapers, to print and digital as well as editorial and commercial aspects,” The Newspaper Works CEO Tony Hale said.

Murphy has also worked for News Limited and APN. He starts as executive director – publishing next month.


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