The Australian’s media editor Darren Davidson to depart to head up Storyful

Darren Davidson, currently the media editor for News Corp’s national broadsheet The Australian, is moving to New York to be editor-in-chief of Storyful – the social media newswire and intelligence service acquired by the Murdoch empire in 2013.

Davidson became the media section’s seventh editor in seven years in 2015 after joining the paper in 2011. Prior to his time at News Corp, Davidson was editor of AdNews.

Davidson is leaving The Oz’s media section 

Davidson will join the executive team and report to Storyful’s chief executive Sharb Farjami. He will be responsible for the 70-plus editorial team across various cities including New York and Sydney.

Farjami’s statement in The Australian today said Davidson’s reputation precedes him, and he will bring a great energy to the newsrooms.

“Darren joins Storyful with a wealth of expertise in all of the areas we wanted in our quest to find a new editorial leader. He spent more than a decade as a reporter and editor breaking news that impacts the marker he covers and has a strong reputation as a manager,” he said in a note to staff, according to The Australian.

“He’s a hard-driving and experienced news person who will bring great energy and knowledge to our newsrooms. Darren’s reputation as a colleague and leader in the newsroom is impeccable. We need our leaders to be willing and able to collaborate across departments, teams and regions. Darren has the right character to check all of those boxes.”

The Australian said News Corp’s Storyful has a mission to “source, verify, acquire and distribute breaking news, photos and video content through its core newswire service”. It also has an investigative research service for newsrooms and training programs on misinformation on social media for the world’s largest media companies.

Plans for Davidson’s replacement as media editor at The Australian are not yet clear.

Davidson and News Corp have been approached for comment.


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