editor to lead The Press

01:50, Sep 04 2012

Our digital editor Joanna Norris has been named the new editor of The Press in Christchurch.

Norris is a former chief reporter at The Press and is the first female to take on the editor's role.

Press general manager Andrew Boyle said today that Norris would bring "substantial skill and energy to this important role".

"She is very focused on understanding our audience and how we develop our portfolio of products to meet their needs,'' he said.

''I am sure we would all agree that there has never been a more important time in the history of The Press for us to have an editorial leader with this capability."

Norris said she was "tremendously excited to be returning to The Press and to Canterbury".


"This is an important time for the region and to be given the opportunity to play a leading role in the community as we all navigate the rebuild of this city is an incredible privilege,'' she said.

"The team at The Press has played a central part in supporting and leading Canterbury over several generations and I intend to continue to drive the evolution of our journalism to ensure we continue to deliver to our whole audience the high quality we all expect.''

Group executive editor Paul Thompson said Norris was selected for the role from a strong field of candidates.

"Joanna is an excellent journalist and an editorial leader of the highest calibre,'' he said.

''Over the past two years she has made a significant contribution at The Dominion Post and is well prepared for her first editorship. She will bring passion, commitment and expertise to the role."

Norris will start on October 15.

She has worked as a journalist and senior newsroom leader on daily newspapers in Britain and the Middle East.

She has won several journalism and leadership awards, including Qantas media awards for reporting and feature writing.

Norris takes over from former Press editor Andrew Holden, who is now editor-in-chief of The Age newspaper in Melbourne.

At we will miss her a lot, but we wish her all the best in her new role.

The Dominion Post