Shona Martyn appointed editor of Spectrum for The Sydney Morning Herald

18 August 2017:
Award-winning journalist, editor and book publisher, Shona Martyn, returns to Fairfax Media following a successful career at HarperCollins Publishers as Publishing Director for more than 17 years. 

Shona is a former editor of Good Weekend magazine and was also founding editor of HQ magazine for ACP. 

Shona Martyn said: “I am excited to be returning to journalism - and to Fairfax Media - in the role of Spectrum editor. After all, I’m one of Spectrum’s multitude of loyal and culturally adventurous readers! After a highly enjoyable period in book publishing, this is a welcome opportunity to focus more broadly across the arts and into the lifestyle area too.

“As always, Spectrum will be committed to quality. My aim will be to inform, surprise, entertain, educate and challenge readers, in print and in digital, by publishing stories that matter; stories to keep and share.” 

At HarperCollins, Shona was responsible for publishing authors such as Jimmy Barnes, Peter FitzSimons, Richard Glover, Colleen McCullough, Rosie Waterland and Geraldine Brooks, to name a few. 

Shona also served on the board of the Sydney Writers’ Festival for eight years. Her knowledge across film, television, theatre, music and design make her the ideal person to edit the highly popular Spectrum section. 

Lisa Davies, editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, said: “I am delighted Shona is returning to The Sydney Morning Herald. Her vision for Sydney’s arts and culture bible is exciting, and I can’t wait for readers to see how she will reinvigorate one of the masthead’s most important sections. Shona’s appointment underlines the Herald’s unrelenting commitment to covering the full spectrum of the Sydney arts scene.” 

Shona will start on September 4.