AUCKLAND, Today: NZ news website BusinessDesk has made a high-profile appointment, announcing that Jane Clifton starts as political columnist this week.
Clifton has been a political reporter and columnist for most of her adult life, including the past 24 years writing for The Listener.
“It’s very exciting to be joining BusinessDesk, particularly at a time when most political orthodoxies are having to be reassessed, and all our parties are operating well outside their traditional comfort zones.”
Editor/ceo Pattrick Smellie said: “This completes an incredibly strong line up of regular columnists, making BusinessDesk the destination for smart, thoughtful commentary. Together with a roster of great occasional commentators, we offer our readers a rounded view of the world, free from editorial bias or interference.”
“BusinessDesk has also appointed Stuff’s Rebecca Stevenson & Andy Fyfe, Bauer’s Jacqui Loates-Haver & Lauren Buckeridge, and Andy Fyfe.”
BusinessDesk’s columnist line up now includes:
- Jane Clifton, Friday: politics
- Brian Gaynor, Saturday: business and businesspeople
- Jehan Casinader, Saturday: social issues and politics
- Victoria Young, Saturday: money and the people making it.
- Peter Griffin, Thursday: Tech and startups
- David Chaplin, Wednesday: investment industry
- Pattrick Smellie: politics and business
BusinessDesk launched as a news website in February and has become a key voice in NZ business journalism with staff including Pattrick Smellie, Matt Martel, Jenny Ruth, Paul McBeth, Rebecca Howard, Victoria Young, Gavin Evans, Brent Melville and Dan Brunskill.
Stuff & Bauer journos sign up
Last week BusinessDesk announced the appointment of Rebecca Stevenson (formerly Stuff’s business editor), Jacqui Loates-Haver (formerly editor of Bauer’s Kia Ora), Andy Fyfe (formerly a data journalist at Stuff) and Lauren Buckeridge (formerly of Bauer).
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