Female editor No. 2, this time for Manawatu daily

Bernadette Courtney has been appointed Editor of the New Zealand daily Manawatu Standard, a Fairfax statement said today.

Bernadette Courtney

Bernadette Courtney

She has been appointed to replace Paul Taggart who left the paper recently to become Managing Editor – Production for the Standard’s publisher, Fairfax Media.

The appointment follows another new female editor for a New Zealand paper, with Australian Natalie Gauld joining APN’s Hawke’s Bay Today last week.

Ms Courtney is currently Assistant Editor of The Dominion Post and has a journalism career spanning 25 years in the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Ms Courtney, who is in the closing stages of completing a Fairfax leadership development course at Auckland University, said she was excited by the role and looking forward to her start on November 24.

“I’m looking forward to joining what is a very talented and motivated team,” she said.

Ms Courtney began her reporting career working for several London newspapers and the national paper the Sunday Mirror, was Deputy Group Editor for Reed Regional Newspapers in Surrey before emigrating. She became Chief Reporter of The Dominion in 1998 and then The Dominion Post before her current role.

Fairfax Media Executive Editor Paul Thompson said the appointment panel was impressed with Ms Courtney’s energy, enthusiasm and vision for the Manawatu Standard.

“Bernadette brings a wealth of newspaper experience to the role and is a talented leader,” Mr Thompson said.

“She is well equipped to lead the team at the Standard and make sure the award-winning newspaper continues to champion the interests of its community.”

Manawatu Standard General Manager Craig Nash welcomed the appointment of such an experienced and motivated journalist to enhance what is an already powerful news gathering team.

“Bernadette will continue the great progress initiated by Paul Taggart and continued by Michael Cummings who has covered the role very successfully in the meantime'” Mr Nash said.

“I look forward to Bernadette and Michael leading our team with passion and professionalism.”


One Response to “Female editor No. 2, this time for Manawatu daily”

  1. Courtney fills Dom Post breach « PANPA News Says:

    […] Courtney, who took over at the Manawatu Standard less than a year ago, fills the void left by Tim Pankhurst, who left the Dom Post to head up the New Zealand Newspaper […]

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