The Saturday Paper announces new editor

The Saturday Paper is pleased to announce that Maddison Connaughton has been appointed its new editor. She will take up the position on June 22.

Maddison is a writer and broadcaster who has worked most recently as features editor at Vice. She is a finalist in this year’s Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards for her reporting from the Syrian border. 

The Saturday Paper’s editor-in-chief, Erik Jensen, said he was happy Maddison was joining the paper. “More than four years after The Saturday Paper launched, we are expanding our vision and purpose, and Maddison will be a key part of that. I can’t wait to see everything she brings to the masthead.”

Maddison said: “I’m so excited and, honestly, humbled to step into this role and build on all the incredible work Erik has done. 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’s publisher, Morry Schwartz, said: “Maddison is an exceptional journalist and a real talent. I have no doubt she will do brilliant things at The Saturday Paper.”

Rebecca Costello, the chief executive of Schwartz Media, said she was proud to see a young woman editing the paper and expanding the female leadership of the company. “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.”

The Saturday Paper continues to record strong growth. The latest print figures from EMMA show its print readership up 26.7 per cent, to 242,000.

Maddison’s work has appeared in Vox, Monocle, The Saturday Paper, The Age, The Australian, where she was also a video producer, and Broadsheet, where she was assistant editor.

Maddison Connaughton and Erik Jensen are available for interview.

For inquiries, contact:
Rachel Liew | Schwartz Media
Phone +61 3 8400 7921 | [email protected]

Indigenous arts critic mentorship program

Announcing a joint initiative from The Monthly and IndigenousX to mentor and publish an emerging Indigenous arts critic

The Monthly is committed to its arts coverage, and to developing a rich and diverse critical culture that is inclusive and encouraging of Indigenous voices, perspectives and knowledge. In this spirit we are proud to announce with IndigenousX a mentorship program for an emerging Indigenous arts critic. We believe that a partnership of this sort can only improve arts criticism as a whole.

The Monthly and IndigenousX are now calling for expressions of interest. Applicants must be published writers (online or in print) or journalists with a demonstrated interest in the arts. They must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and live in Australia.

The successful candidate:
- may work across any or all of the following art forms: theatre, film, music, television, books, dance, visual arts, fashion, architecture;
- will be commissioned on a regular schedule to write for The Monthly’s website (and on the IndigenousX website);
- will be provided with close editorial guidance and support to write arts-related essays and reviews;
- will receive writing mentorship as appropriate (arranged by IndigenousX and The Monthly);
- will be paid at The Monthly’s standard online rates upon publication, with a view to an ongoing working relationship with The Monthly and IndigenousX.

The Monthly will work together with IndigenousX to identify and support the successful candidate. The mentorship will be for six months.

Deadline for applications (including a cover letter, writing or broadcast samples + a CV): June 20

Enquiries and applications: [email protected]