Schwartz Media names Maddison Connaughton as new Saturday Paper editor

Connaughton is a writer and broadcaster, and was most recently the features editor at Vice.

Schwartz Media’s The Saturday Paper has announced the appointment of Maddison Connaughton as its new editor.

Connaughton is a writer and broadcaster, and was most recently the features editor at Vice. She is a finalist in this year’s Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards for her reporting from Syria.

The Saturday Paper’s editor-in-chief Erik Jensen said: “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.”

Connaughton 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 CEO of Schwartz Media, said: “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% to 242,000.

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