Tom Burton appointed publisher of The Mandarin


Experienced former bureaucrat and digital publisher Tom Burton joins Private Media to lead The Mandarin project.

Award-winning journalist and leading digital communicator Tom Burton has been appointed publisher for The Mandarin, Private Media’s new publication showcasing and sharing the work of Australia’s leading public servants.

“We are delighted to have Tom’s unique publishing, public sector and digital experience leading our efforts to create a venue for senior public servants helping to build a better community,” said Private Media CEO Marina Go.

Tom brings a wealth of experience in publishing, public administration and digital media. He is a former Walkley Award-winning journalist, covering politics, economics and communications for The Sydney Morning Herald and as the Canberra bureau chief of The Australian Financial Review. He saw early the opportunity the internet offered and under his leadership SMH.com.au became Australia’s No. 1 news site.

Tom first worked in Canberra as a law and economics graduate in the Department of Finance and most recently led the adoption of digital communications at the Australian Communications and Media Authority and has just completed a digital adviser role to the Department of Communications. He has been involved in a number of web start-ups and has a strong interest in public policy and how government can use digital media to build better outcomes for stakeholders and citizens.

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