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Prior to this, he edited The Observer in London, The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, and Sunday Herald in the UK. Under Jaspan's editorship, the Sunday Herald won numerous internationally recognised SND awards. He also worked at The Times and Sunday Times and is also a former Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of The Big Issue.
Jaspan is the Asia-Pacific Director of Innovation Media International, on the Board of the RMIT Global Cities Research Institute, a speaker and participant in the Australian Davos conference, and was an observer in the 2020 Ideas Summit.
After leaving The Age in 2008, Andrew started working within the higher education sector on The Conversation project that would seek to improve the quality of trusted information and level of public debate.
With the idea of sharing the expertise of academia direct with the public, and turning the university sector into a giant newsroom, Andrew launched a media website where content is written by academics working in collaboration with professional editors using a custom built collaborative publishing platform.
Andrew raised $9M from the university, government, corporate and research sector and launched The Conversation in early 2011. The site has 450,000 unique visitors a month, and 3500 academics contributing from 220 institutions.
Tenure as editor for Melbourne Age
Jaspan joined The Age as Editor-in-Chief in October 2004. Throughout his appointment as Editor in Chief at The Age, circulation, readership and online figures increased.
In April 2008, Age journalists unanimously passed a motion accusing him of undermining their ability to report without fear or favour.
In August 2008, Jaspan was sacked from his position and was replaced immediately as editor by senior deputy, Paul Ramadge. The move came a day after Fairfax announced 550 jobs would go from its Australian and New Zealand operations.
|Editor of The Scotsman
1994 - 1995
|Editor of The Observer
1995 - 1996
|Editor of the Sunday Herald
1999 - 2003
|Editor of The Age
2004 - 2008
Innovative Newspaper Styles
Before switching to online journalism, Jaspan's newspapers tended to feature an idiosyncratic design style. In September 1995, he relaunched The Observer, with a controversial lower case, two-tone masthead and bold, stacked sans-serif headline fonts, which was a major departure from the paper's previous, more conservative design. He made similar changes to The Age, and as launch editor of the Sunday Herald, he ensured that the paper featured crisp elegant headline fonts and plenty of colour.