Judith Whelan has been appointed editor of The Sydney Morning Herald as part of a wide-ranging editorial restructure on the eve of the masthead’s 185th birthday.
Ms Whelan’s appointment was confirmed as the Herald achieved a record 1.2 million lead over its nearest rival as the most widely read publication in Australia.
The Herald grew its total monthly audience by 9 per cent to 5.3 million according to the latest Enhanced Media Metrics Australia report. The figures, which record readership across print publications and web devices, push the Herald further ahead of The Daily Telegraph, which saw its total audience decline 4.3 per cent to 4.2 million.
The Herald’s editor-in-chief, Darren Goodsir, said Ms Whelan was the clear choice for the editor’s role. She would oversee the implementation of the restructure, aimed at strengthening the Herald’s significant advances in digital journalism.
Ms Whelan is currently the Herald’s news director, where she leads all editorial operations.
However, as editor, her role will expand to take on an added digital focus, on top of extra responsibility for the masthead’s direction and its audience goals.
“Judith is an inspirational and driven newsroom leader who understands implicitly the Herald’s core mission to provide quality, independent and original journalism to an increasingly digital audience,” Mr Goodsir said. “I am thrilled with this appointment”.
A former editor of Good Weekend magazine, Ms Whelan has edited the Saturday edition as well as being a features editor, and a health and transport reporter. Next month, the Herald will celebrate 185 years in newspaper publishing.
During the past 12 months, the Herald grew its web audience by 17.3 per cent to 3.5 million, while driving mobile and tablet 16.3 per cent higher to 1.4 million. Its print audience slipped 8.6 per cent to 2.1 million over the same period.
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