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New Metro editor announced

Thursday, October 6, 2005

New Metro editor announced

ACP Media this week announced the appointment of Lauren Quaintance as editor of Metro magazine.

Ms Quaintance comes to Metro from the position as assistant editor of the(sydney)magazine, a monthly magazine distributed with The Sydney Morning Herald. She is best known in New Zealand as an award-winning current affairs journalist, most notably with North & South magazine. Lauren was also launch editor of the Sunday Star-Times’ Sunday magazine.

“We are delighted to have someone with Lauren’s outstanding journalistic pedigree to lead Metro, one of ACP Media’s flagship titles,” says Debra Millar, ACP Media’s Group Publisher – Consumer Titles.

“With 25 years of history behind it, and recent readership and circulation gains, Metro is one of the most talked about and best-loved magazines in the country. Lauren’s appointment will ensure it continues to be talked about in years to come as the authority on all things Auckland,” says Millar.

Lauren Quaintance has worked in the US and the UK, and has been the recipient of numerous prestigious journalism awards and international scholarships. In 2001-2002 she completed a masters degree in journalism at Columbia University, during which time she covered the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York for New Zealand television, radio and print media.

“Metro is one of the best magazines in Australasia and I’m thrilled to be returning to Auckland to take up the editor’s position,” Quaintance says.

“I will relish the challenge of working with some of the best journalists in the country, ensuring Metro continues to evolve, and attracts a new generation of Aucklanders to its pages. No other publication can match Metro’s authority on Auckland.”

Quaintance will be taking up the position in early December in time for Metro’s 25th anniversary next year.

Lauren Quaintance’s Career Highlights:

- Assistant editor of the Sunday Star-Times and launch editor of Sunday, October 2003 – May 2005.
- Home news reporter and features writer for the Sunday Times, UK’s largest-selling Sunday newspaper - September 2002 – August 2003


- Awarded a New Zealand Harkness Fellow to complete a master of science in journalism at Columbia University in New York - July 2001- June 2002


- Named Senior Feature Writer of the Year at the Qantas Media Awards in 2000 and 2001, while working for North & South magazine. Her award-winning writing covered in-depth features on politics, health and race relations


- Awarded a Fulbright Graduate Award in 2001


- Awarded the David Low Fellow, Green College, at Oxford University (UK) in 1999, where she examined the impact of the internet on the media


- Her love of books, art and music is matched by her passion for skiing and tennis.

Education

M.S. Journalism, Columbia University, New York, USA
Dip. Journalism, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
B.A. International Politics/English, Victoria University, New Zealand

ACP Media is New Zealand’s leading magazine publisher. The company’s Consumer Division publishes some of the country’s most popular magazines, including Woman’s Day, The Australian Women’s Weekly and Next, and iconic titles such as Metro and North & South, as well as the new food magazine, Taste. Trader Group’s stable includes Auto Trader, Deals On Wheels, Motorcycle Trader & News, Trade-A-Boat and Buy Sell & Exchange, as well as a number of associated online services.

Trader Group also owns New Zealand’s largest classifieds website, traderpoint.co.nz. ACP Media’s Property Classifieds Division publishes a range of real estate advertising titles including Property Press and Real Estate magazines and websites. ACP Media operates a national distribution network through its subsidiary Netlink, which distributes publications to retailers across the country. ACP Media is a subsidiary of ACP Magazines Limited, a division of Publishing and Broadcasting Limited.

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