New Global Mail editor named. Lauren Martin has been appointed as editor of long-form journalism site The Global Mail. An email sent by publisher Jane Nicholls to staff this week revealed Martin would be “retroactively” elevated following a dry run after Monica Attard’s controversial exit in May. When Attard departed after just 14 weeks in the hot seat, the site released a statement saying Nicholls would serve as managing editor until a replacement was found. However, Crikey understands Martin has effectively served as managing editor ever since, despite her LinkedIn profile listing her current position as “copy editor”.
Martin, an American, previously worked as managing editor of tony New England broadsheet The Vineyard Gazette, following an earlier stint redesigning the Agenda and Metro sections at The Sydney Morning Herald under John Alexander. She also served as the SMH’s film reviewer. Martin is married to Global Mail business writer Mike Seccombe and she and “Secco” moved to the States in 2006 after a stint in Canberra. The newsroom is also home to another couple – Nicholls is married to veteran politics scribe Bernie Lagan.