Editor in chief appointed
Garry Ferris has been appointed to the new role of Auckland editor-in-chief for Fairfax Media.
An experienced editor and journalist, Ferris will be responsible for Fairfax's print and digital businesses in Auckland, as well as for national weekly papers the Sunday Star-Times and the Sunday News.
He will lead Fairfax's 100-strong Auckland newsroom that produces the Sunday titles, a stable of community newspapers and websites, and Auckland coverage for the wider Fairfax group which includes Stuff.co.nz, The Dominion Post, The Press and other regional newspapers.
Fairfax Media group executive editor Paul Thompson said appointing an editor-in-chief for the entire Auckland newsroom, rather than for a specific masthead such as the Sunday Star Times, recognised the importance of serving the company's growing websites and co-ordinating Auckland coverage for nationwide print publications.
"We provide our journalism to our readers however they want to get it," he said."Our journalists work across our portfolio and platforms and it makes sense to appoint an Auckland editor who operates in the same way."
Ferris, 44, is a Kiwi who has held a number of senior editorial roles both here, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Most recently he has had senior roles in Queensland with News Limited, including a stint as deputy editor of Brisbane's Sunday Mail.
He also spent eight years in Sydney, initially working for The Australian during the 2000 Sydney Olympics before moving on to The Daily Telegraph.
He was editor of the Mountain Scene community newspaper in Queenstown from 2004 to 2010 and has also worked at The Press and Otago Daily Times.
Thompson said Ferris brought a unique mix of skills and experience to his new job.
"Garry has worked at a senior level for daily papers, community papers and on a Sunday title, and has a passion for high-quality journalism."
Ferris said Fairfax's Auckland office was "the dream newsroom".
"Two iconic mastheads we all have grown up with on a Sunday morning; a clutch of community papers that are the heartbeat of our biggest city; and a website bringing us the news we need to know every day," he said.
"'The business of newspapers is ever-changing but in the newsroom our role remains the same: to produce great journalism - and be first with it.
"Our challenge, then, is to deliver those stories to our readers when they want it, and on whatever platform they choose."
Ferris takes up the role on February 4.