The editor of The Australian’s media section, Darren Davidson, has been chosen to become the editor-in-chief of News Corp’s social media newswire and intelligence agency, Storyful.
Davidson’s new role will see him based in New York to oversee the day-to-day operations of Storyful’s 70-plus editorial team across New York, Los Angeles, London, Dublin, Hong Kong and Sydney.
The move brings to an end Davidson’s seven-year stint at The Australian, where he has been the media editor for the last three of those years.
In a note to staff, Storyful CEO Sharb Farjami wrote: “Darren joins Storyful with a wealth of expertise in all of the areas we wanted in our quest to find a new editorial leader.
“He spent more than a decade as a reporter and editor breaking news that impacts the market he covers and has a strong reputation as a manager.
“He’s led media coverage for The Australian for seven years, meaning his understanding of digital and platforms is second to none. Darren honed his skills working for a fellow News Corp company and is familiar with our global editorial network.
“He’s a hard-driving and experienced news person who will bring great energy and knowledge to our newsrooms.
“Darren’s reputation as a colleague and leader in the newsroom is impeccable. We need our leaders to be willing and able to collaborate across departments, teams and regions. Darren has the right character to check all of those boxes.”