Vice’s Maddison Connaughton named new editor of The Saturday Paper

Schwartz Media’s The Saturday Paper has appointed Maddison Connaughton, features editor at Vice, as its new editor.

Connaughton, who also freelanced across publications including Vox, The Age, Noisey, The Australian, will take up her new role on June 22. She is also a 2018 Walkley Young Australian Journalist finalist, for her reporting from the Syrian border.

Connaughton (L) starts her role later this month

In her new role, Connaughton will work with founding editor and editor-in-chief, Erik Jensen, who said she would be key in expanding the paper’s vision and purpose.

“I can’t wait to see everything she brings to the masthead,” Jensen said.

Connaughton said she was humbled by the appointment: “I see this as an opportunity to find new audiences for the paper and to foster a whole new generation of writers who think deeply, and differently, about the shifts that are reshaping Australia and our region.”

The Saturday Paper was launched in 2014, started by former Sydney Morning Herald journalist Jensen. The title focuses on long form journalism, and vowed to launch with 100,000 print copies.

Just last year, The Saturday Paper also launched an e-newsletter.

Publisher of The Saturday Paper, Morry Schwartz, described Connaughton as an “exceptional journalist”.

Rebecca Costello, CEO of Schwartz Media, added: “Erik has done an extraordinary job building The Saturday Paper. It will be exciting to see where Maddison takes it, bringing a new set of skills and experiences to the editorship.


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