New editor for Online Catholics

The Archbishop of Hobart's former media officer has been named editor of the independent weekly Online Catholics.

CLICK HEREA statement from the magazine's Board chair Garry Eastman said that Penny Edman will take over from the first issue in February.

Author and journalism educator Chris McGillion has been guest editor since the end of August.

Mr Eastman said that Ms Edman has long and substantial experience in journalism, including a period as editor of the former archdiocesan paper The Standard.

Geraldine Hawkes, the chair of the Commission for Australian Catholic Women, who led the selection committee, commented: "In addition to her experience in journalism, Penny has a deep passion for and excellent understanding of church and faith. We are delighted to recommend her."

Ms Edman says she would like Online Catholics to be a "meeting place where we can drop the stereotypes that often define the Catholic Church".

She said that she hopes it will be "a place where we can be ourselves as we celebrate, struggle with, explore and discover the richness and depths of our lives, especially expressed in the community of the Catholic Church in contemporary Australia".

In another appointment announced yesterday, Josie Cirocco is the new Executive Officer. Adelaide based, she has more than 15 years experience in industry as a human resource manager.

Online Catholics now has 2200 subscribers with over 12,000 visits to the site each month.

Online Catholics appoints Penny Edman as new editor (Online Catholics Media Release 23/12/05)

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23 Dec 2005