Mediaweek is a highly respected trade journal for the media covering newspapers, magazines, TV, digital, radio, outdoor advertising and entertainment media. Dubbed “the media industry’s bible” by The Australian it was created by publisher Philip Luker in 1990. In 1999 James Manning took over the publication as publisher and editor. In 2008 Mediaweek TV began on Sky News Business Channel and the magazine’s infamous podcasts began a year later in 2009.
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James Manning (Editor and publisher)
James has had a long and sometimes distinguished career working in the magazine industry, having written and edited a number of music publications in his native Melbourne, before starting the Australian edition of British “pop music bible” Smash Hits in 1984. He ran the title successfully for over a decade before moving on to edit other publications and later run a successful photo agency. In 1999 he took over as publisher and editor of Mediaweek.
Hansika Bhagani (Deputy editor)
Hansika joined the Mediaweek team in 2010 after completing her Masters in Journalism at the University of Technology, Sydney. She has previously worked as a producer in television advertising and corporate videos and as an editor at ABC's Four Corners.
Neil McMahon (Contributor)
With 25 years experience in journalism, Neil started his career on Melbourne’s The Sun in 1985. He has since written for The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Washington Times and The San Francisco Chronicle, while holding roles as senior writer and night news editor for The SMH. In April 2008 he established NmacMedia and has been contributing to Mediaweek on a regular basis since then. Interesting fact: in 1989, Joh Bjelke-Petersen told Neil he had a suspicious face. He is still contemplating this political statement.
Ashani Abeyakoon (Marketing/Subscriptions Assistant)
Ashani commenced working at Mediaweek in 2013. She is a recent Accounting and Economics graduate from the University of New South Wales, who loves traveling, music and writing. She previously worked as an Assistant Accountant for three years before joining at Mediaweek.
Brian Watson (Sub-editor)
With a career that has spanned stints as an English/French high school teacher, a radio announcer and a jeans store owner, Brian has covered a lot of ground. Prior to joining Mediaweek in 2008 he held the position of sub-editor at highly respected community newspaper Sydney Star Observer and was also acting editor towards the end of his 12-year tenure at the weekly publication.
Australia’s only daily report and weekly magazine focusing exclusively on the media sector needs a talented writer and publishing professional to work across our weekly and daily brands.
The new candidate would ideally start at the end of November for an introductory two weeks ahead of our year-end break before a restart for 2014 in mid-January.
The position is based at our Potts Point offices.
Desired Skills and Experience
We are looking for a talented writer and editor who can generate stories, often involving interviews with chief executives, and turn them around to meet tight daily and weekly deadlines.
There is an opportunity for some home-based work, but office attendance would be necessary most days. An existing black book of contacts would be a major tick.
A sound general knowledge of the media sector is also essential – across print, broadcast and the fast-growing digital sector.
Online production skills and basic html knowledge desirable.
The full-time role includes assistance on the daily Mediaweek Morning Report and then planning, writing and editing for the print and digital editions of Mediaweek magazine.
Some attendance at trade events representing the brand is also expected.