Fairfax makes two key editorial appointments

13 May 2011

Fairfax Media has today made two senior appointments as part of its strategy to improve the quality of its journalism and enhance efficiency.

John Crowley has been appointed editor of Fairfax New Zealand News and will be responsible for developing comprehensive and high quality nationwide coverage.

Mr Crowley is currently group editor of Fairfax Media. His new role expands his brief and gives him oversight of content produced by Fairfax newsrooms and bureau throughout New Zealand.

The role will be pivotal as Fairfax Media develops its newsgathering resources to replace those of the New Zealand Press Association, which closes on August 31. The appointment is effective immediately.

In the second appointment, David King has been promoted to the position of general manager - editorial services. In his new role, Mr King will lead an in-house team of journalists which will provide editorial production services to Fairfax newspapers and websites.
Mr King is currently editor of the Timaru Herald. He will take up his new job in mid-June.
Fairfax Media NZ chief executive Allen Williams said both appointments signalled Fairfax's commitment to delivering high quality, relevant journalism for New Zealanders.

"Our priority is to invest in our respected, independent journalism.  As part of his new role, John Crowley is recruiting new reporters and editors who will significantly strengthen our editorial ranks.

"We are also focused on improving the effectiveness of the staff who produce our newspapers and websites.  David King is charged with ensuring our sub-editors work as a team to produce high quality publications for our readers.

'Many media companies are opting to contract out this editorial production work.  In New Zealand, however, we believe the best approach is to utilise our own skilled staff to do this work.'
Both Mr King and Mr Crowley will report to group executive editor Paul Thompson.

Mr Thompson said he was delighted with the appointments.

"John Crowley is a superb editorial leader who is ideally equipped to develop the depth of content produced by Fairfax New Zealand's unrivalled team of journalists. 
"David King is a rising star in the New Zealand media and will bring an innovative approach to his new role.

"Both David and John will work closely with editors and general managers to continue to improve the quality of our journalism and our publications."

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