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Inaugural LINA Executive Director appointed

Image: Gokarna Avachat

Image: Gokarna Avachat

Following the announcement that JNI has teamed up with CBAA to found the Local and Independent News Association (LINA), Claire Stuchbery has been appointed LINA’s inaugural Executive Director.

Claire joins LINA after a 20 year career in media policy, stakeholder engagement, policy development and communications.

Claire Stuchbery, Executive Director of LINA

Most recently, Claire worked in policy and stakeholder engagement for First Nations Media Australia, the peak national body for First Nations not-for-profit broadcasting, media and communications.

Claire also worked in a range of senior management roles with the Community Broadcasting Foundation, ran her own media agency, worked in street press publications and was a broadcaster and board member at a number of community radio stations, including most notably, continuing volunteer roles at PBS in Melbourne.

Claire said, “I am excited to be part of the team that launches LINA. The Board’s vision for LINA absolutely aligns with my passion for supporting independent media, diverse voices and quality journalism to serve local communities. It is a great honour to help establish the new peak body and contribute to a healthier media sector moving forward.”

“We are delighted to welcome Claire to this exciting new venture” said Jon Bisset, Foundational Chair of LINA and CBAA’s CEO. “Claire has the perfect mix of skills, experience and enthusiasm to help establish LINA as an important new voice in the Australian media landscape. In particular, her commitment to community-based media that serves the everyday needs of people makes her the ideal choice for the role.”

LINA was founded this year with a mission to help existing small, local news providers survive and grow, and to encourage new providers to emerge by providing capacity building support, expert advice and access to third party services. It will help create a network among independent local news providers to support peer-to-peer learning, editorial, technical and business support and access to a range of services.