• Brian Hurst

    Journalist specialising in digital news and social media


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    Events, news and happenings 

    Ethan Ewing (AUS) earning the biggest result of his young career with a runner-up at the Vans US Open of Surfing. - WSL / Kenneth Morris A career-defining event North Stradbroke Island surfer Ethan Ewing has made the world surfing community stand and take notice this year and now has elevated...
    Redland train and bus users travelling to and from Brisbane from Redland City suburbs such as Alexandra Hills, Capalaba, Birkdale, Thorneside and Wellington Point are the big winners in the proposed new South East Queensland public transport fare review. A commuter who travels 10 trips a week in...
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  • About Brian Hurst

    • Extensively experienced journalist specialising in digital and social media.

    • Proven experience in attracting digital audiences.

    • Understands audience behaviour especially with digital media, mobile devices and social media.

    • Demonstrated awareness of new media technologies and trends particularly with mobile phones.

    • Experienced managing editor and digital editor with Rural Press/Fairfax Media.

    • Effective manager, supervisor, mentor and guide of editorial teams while efficiently managing commercial functions and financial processes.

    • Able to work with product developers to improve offerings to audiences.

    • Able to consistently create and distribute highly-sharable content on social media and other emerging platforms

    • Exhibits good judgment and leadership across all editorial function

    My competencies

    How I can help you


    • Deep understanding of digital media landscape
    • Skills to produce digital content
    • Social media skills and experience
    • Technologically savvy
    • Genuine interest in digital media
    • Demonstrated skills in content delivery
    • High attention to detail and adaptability
    • Passionate about community and audience
    • Ability to communicate with all levels of staff
    • Working in key leadership roles
    • An approachable and authentic style
    • Emotional intelligence and resilience
    • Open-minded and flexible business approach
    • Conveying a team-focused leadership style
    • Passionate about content and audience
    • Understanding commercial requirements

    My breadth of experience 

    •  Extensively experienced and progressive managing editor, capable of maximising engagement with audiences by understanding the relationship between content and audience, anticipating what the audience wants and when they want it.
    •  A career with Rural Press / Fairfax Media spanning over 30 years, integrating new organisational structures, processes and systems and creating an audience-focused culture by leading implementation of new processes and activities that enhance the audience experience.
    •  Worked as a digital editor, responsible for the strategic direction and packaging of content for websites and mobile applications.
    •  Past experience includes delivering quality content (print and digital) across Fairfax Media's titles, and setting the strategic editorial direction for the region, in conjunction with editorial directors.
    •  Capable of bringing experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to a position to implement editorial initiatives that will reaffirm the dominant position of outlets in their respective markets, concentrating on:
    •    Developing and implementing programs which drive community engagement, with a particular focus on digital and social media.
    •    Producing relevant and engaging content for diverse audiences our platforms and communities through digital content.
    •    Committed to building a community, audience and results culture and integrating new organisational structures, processes and systems.
    •    Providing leadership with respect to health and safety, with a commitment to continuous improvement.

    The best way to predict the future is to create it.

  • Current position

    Australian Broadcasting Corporation

    Journalist/Digital Producer

    September 2015

    Southbank, Brisbane 

    Working regional and rural reporters to share great stories across Australia

    Where I have worked


    30 years of experience 

    Fairfax Digital Media, Ormiston
    Digital Editor Qld/NT - 2012 to August 2015
    Fairfax Media/Rural Press, Cleveland
    Managing Editor (General Manager) - 2008-2012
    Fairfax Media/Rural Press, Cleveland

    Managing Editor (Editorial and Production) - 1994 to 2008
    Rural Press, Cleveland
    Newspaper Editor - 1989 to 1994
    Rural Press, Cleveland
    Journalist, Chief of Staff, Subeditor -1984 to 1989


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    Brisbane Area, Australia

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