Greg Hackett

Greg Hackett

Summary

Thirty years in all aspects of in-print and online journalism, including writing, production and editing. Proven ability to give instructions, to follow instructions, to work with others and to work alone.

Media career began with a cadetship on the local newspaper in Albury-Wodonga immediately following Year 12 at age 17, culminating in being the weekend editor of the Melbourne Herald Sun’s website and updating the iPad app.

Greg Hackett authored the chapter Ash Wednesday in the book Thredbo A Tragedy Waiting to Happen – and other Australian Disasters (The Five Mile Press, 2002).

Interests include writing, underwater photography (qualified scuba diver), all aspects of science especially astronomy, medical science, latest scientific discoveries (and an occasional interest in domestic zymurgy), and lawn bowls.

Education

Education
Jan 1977 - Nov 1982

Year 12

Wodonga West High School

Work History

Work History
Oct 1987 - Jan 2011

Online Editor, Travel Editor, News Editor, Production Editor, Foreign Editor, Chief of Staff

Herald Sun, News Ltd
Oct 1987 - Jan 2011

Online Editor, Travel Editor, News Editor, Production Editor, Foreign Editor, Chief of Staff

Herald Sun, News Ltd

1987-2011 I joined the Herald Sun - then called the Melbourne Sun news-pictorial (I had also received a job offer from The Age) in October 1987. Because of my natural desire to learn and my versatility, I have held most of the senior and demanding roles on the Herald Sun: <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>

WEBSITE EDITOR: As the Sunday Herald Sun’s Online Editor, I ran the Herald Sun website on weekends. I also took on responsibility for the iPad app. My online and iPad roles included live reporting, uploading video, building picture galleries, blogging with readers, monitoring online reader comments, using Adobe Photoshop and assigning tasks to creative designers and technical staff.<o:p></o:p>

TRAVEL EDITOR: Yes, this was the best job! Working closely with our designers, promotions department and the travel advertising manager, we doubled the size of the Sunday Herald Sun’s travel section Escape to an average of 44 pages each week, making it the most influential and profitable in Australia. Managing a budget, I commissioned stories and pictures.<o:p></o:p>

CHIEF of STAFF: Assigned tasks to reporters; wrote breaking news stories; liaised with the Picture Editor. I also liaised daily with the advertising department on the placement of advertisements, on behalf of the Editor in Chief.<o:p></o:p>

PRODUCTION EDITOR: Responsible for the order and flow of pages to print; quality control; improved headlines, adherence to style. <o:p></o:p>

NEWS EDITOR: Selecting, prioritising and rewriting local and interstate stories.<o:p></o:p>

FOREIGN EDITOR: Prepared newslist for news conference, lay out world news pages, edited all overseas stories for the front end of the paper.<o:p></o:p>

CHIEF SUB EDITOR: Lay out the majority of news pages in the newspaper; staff rosters.<o:p></o:p>

My work has been published online by all the News Ltd mastheads including The Australian, Sydney Telegraph, Brisbane Courier Mail, Adelaide Advertiser, Perth Sunday Times, Northern Territory News, News.com.au and overseas affiliates.<o:p></o:p>

I wrote the chapter Ash Wednesday in the book Thredbo a Tragedy Waiting to Happen - and other Australian Disasters (The Five Mile Press, 2002).

In January 2011, I chose to leave the Herald Sun (on the best of terms, with an option to take up casual sub editing) to concentrate on freelance writing and to assist with the expansion of a painting-and-decorating business in Melbourne.

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Skills

Skills

Samples of work published online

Samples of work published in-print and online: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/giant-hailstorm-strikes-melbourne/story-e6freuy9-1225837674239 http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/national/victorian-bushfires-royal-commissions-black-saturday-report-released/story-e6freooo-1225899325685 http://www.news.com.au/aussie-soldier-killed-in-afghanistan/story-e6frf8wf-1225890100056 http://www.theaustralian.com.au/travel/the-cold-and-the-beautiful/story-e6frg8rf-1226058115668 http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/sunday-heraldsun/videos-pic-galleries-and-songs/story-fn52nri7-1225902490248 http://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/afi-awards-celebrate-strong-year-in-film/story-e6frf96f-1225969227934 http://www.theaustralian.com.au/travel/holiday-ideas/its-snowing-and-the-resorts-are-glowing-on-victorian-alps/story-fn30262r-1225885588488 http://www.heraldsun.com.au/travel/world/bridge-walk-has-added-spring/story-e6frfheo-1111117367498 http://www.theaustralian.com.au/travel/holiday-ideas/rose-petals-on-the-pillow/story-fn302626-1111116854221 http://www.heraldsun.com.au/travel/which-is-the-best-hotel-for-a-melbourne-city-escape/story-e6frfhio-1225911270708 http://www.news.com.au/travel/australia/make-sydney-a-breeze/story-e6frfq8i-1111117756253

Samples of work published online

Underwater photography, scuba diving

Greg Hackett acquired a scuba diving certificate with the Federation of Australian Underwater Instructors (now encompassed in ScubaCom.com.au) in 1988 at Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.