Schwartz Media recruits former The Conversation deputy editor Charis Palmer to lead new energy publication

Former deputy editor and chief-of-staff at The Conversation, Charis Palmer, has been appointed to head Morry Schwartz’s new publishing venture focusing on the energy sector.

Charis Palmer joins Schwartz Media to head a new energy publication

The Conversation made Palmer redundant in May this year after nearly five years with the University-backed academic publishing platform site, which was founded by Andrew Jaspan in 2011.

Her last stint at The Conversation was Palmer’s second time with the platform, having first joined as the site’s news editor in 2012. She had joined from Business Spectator, which she quit when the company announced it was to be acquired by News Corp.

Six months later Palmer joined ITNews as editor, a role she held for a year before returning to The Conversation.

Schwartz Media’s new energy publication will join its existing portfolio, which includes The Saturday Paper, The Monthly and Australian Foreign Policy. The new site is yet to have a title or an official launch date.

At the launch of Australian Foreign Policy last year, Schwartz told Mumbrella his business philosophy was to build publications he would like to read himself: “It’s really very interesting because it’s the way I’ve always monetised everything, and everything we do actually works commercially.

“I think about what I personally really want to read, I don’t think about the public really.

“If it’s something that really interests me, I publish it and it so happens that it’s of interest to other people.”


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