New News 2015: Upstarts

New News 2015: Upstarts

New publications are coming along all the time and not all of them are online-only. Why is everyone from established international new media organisations to local publishers launching new titles? What are these upstarts offering that established publications do not?

In conversation with Tim Dunlop, we hear from Erik Jensen, editor of the Saturday Paper; Nick Melin, co-founding editor of Spook magazine; and Simon Crerar, Australia editor at Buzzfeed. The four discuss the current state of the new-new media landscape.

Who?

Portrait of Erik Jensen

Erik Jensen

Erik Jensen is the founding editor of The Saturday Paper. He has won the Walkley Award for Young Print Journalist of the Year and the United Nation’s Media Peace Award. He is the author of Acute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen.

Portrait of Nick Melin

Nick Melin

Nick Melin is the current editor and co-founder of SPOOK magazine – a cross digital/print publication centered around pop culture, politics, gender and the arts. During his time at SPOOK, Nick has managed the growth of the magazine from humble beginnings as a small blog to a printed publication released across 37 countries, and finally to the digital platform as it exists today. 

Portrait of Simon Crerar

Simon Crerar

Simon Crerar is BuzzFeed's Australia Editor and leads an editorial team dedicated to growing the social news and entertainment company's Australian audience with viral content by and for Australians. 

Portrait of Tim Dunlop

Tim Dunlop

Tim Dunlop writes about the media and politics for a number publications, including a regular column for the ABC at The Drum. His PhD is in political philosophy. He convenes a course in new media at the University of Melbourne in the Centre for Advancing Journalism.

He is the author of the book, The New Front Page: New Media and the Rise of the Audience, a seminal account of the changing face of news media. His latest book, Why The Future Is Workless, addresses the question of whether robots will take our jobs.