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Panpa Bulletin : May 2007
PANPA Bulletin May 2007 29 people Martel makes his mark at The Age By Jack Beverely Matt Martel, design editor of APN's Auckland broadsheet flagship, The New Zealand Herald, has been ap- pointed executive editor, graphics and design, of The Age in Melbourne. Deputy editor, development and production, Steve Foley said about 50 ap- plications were received for the position from the US, Canada, New Zealand, Latin America, the UK and Asia, proving that the market was "really global." In his new role, Martel will be the main daily contact for all sections of the paper requiring design assistance, graphics or illustrations. "Matt has a well-earned reputation for innovation and motivation, and will be a tre- mendous asset to our team," said Foley. "He will manage our integrated art department, and will elevate the standard of graphics and design on The Age to new heights." Bill Farr, as art director, would continue to work on major assignments, reporting directly to Foley. Martel, who takes up his new role in June, trained originally as a reporter and subeditor, and was previously a designer and editor on the launch team of The Guardian's global edition. He is a former winner of the Reuters Foundation Next Generation graphics schol- arship, which took him to Europe to study design trends. A picture framer and an at home mother- of-two who has worked on construction sites and as a cleaner are among the mature interns who are seizing the opportunity to become journalists. Matt Calman, 30 and Katrina Lintonbon, 27, are among the 17 inaugural internees in a scheme launched by Fairfax Media in New Zealand. The carefully selected internees beat off the competition from the original 230 applicants. The winners impressed with their test results, general knowledge and writing standards, and with their responses and attitudes shown in interviews by editors and academics. Their diversity in culture and experience also met the Fairfax goal of expanding the traditional talent pool. Calman told the PANPA Bulletin that thinking about journalism as a career came while spending 2005 in Canada with his wife. Friends and relatives who received his Canadian e-mails praised his writing. "More than one person told me I should be a reporter." Calman said. He is one of two interns for Wellington daily The Dominion Post. Lintonbon, who had undergone earlier journalism training, said that she had al- ways wanted to be a journalist and was just waiting for the right opportunity. Meeting people, talking with them and listening to them always makes Lintonbon feel good, and she says she has a passion for writing. Lintonbon purposefully chose Hamilton-based Waikato Regional Newspapers, "... because I wanted to get a step in the door and start off slowly and then work my way up." Calman and Lintonbon, like the other internees, have agreed to be bonded for two years to their respective supporting newspaper company. They are all studying full-time for their Journalism Diploma this year at participating tertiary institutions. As part of the support system employers pay the fees after a successful pass, provide paid supervised work during semester breaks and in-house training and a job after graduation. Calman (Massey University) and Lintonbon (Waikato Institute of Technology) each praise their Journalism Diploma tutors for their knowledge and for their keenness for the intern to succeed. Both find the workload to be heavy but they enjoy the variety. At time of writing Calman was working in The Dominion Post newsroom during the semester break. He was in his second day in the newsroom when he wrote his first front page story. Lintonbon, even during the study se- mester worked at every opportunity for the community and regional newspa- pers. She is proud of her first front page story in the Hamilton Press and knows of more in the pipeline. She is working during the semester break for the Piako Post. Matt Martel Fairfax expands talent pool By Warren Page Matt Calman Katrina Lintonbon