Junkee Media announces new editorial team appointments

Tara Watson joins as new editor of Punkee, and Reena Gupta promoted to deputy editor at Junkee

Junkee Media has announced the appointment of Tara Watson as editor of Punkee and the promotion of Reena Gupta to deputy editor of Junkee.

Replacing Punkee’s longstanding head of content and editor, Tahlia Pritchard, Watson will oversee the millennial publication’s voice and editorial coverage across all Punkee channels. Gupta will work alongside the recently appointed editor-in-chief, Alice Griffin, to drive the publisher’s editorial coverage and strategy.

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Watson has worked as deputy editor of Punkee since May 2022 and before that, was a founding staff writer and multimedia producer at Punkee, working for the brand since its inception. Before Junkee Media, Watson was deputy editor of The Vine.

Commenting on her appointment, Watson said: “This brand has been my baby since 2017. It’s been a life highlight working alongside Tahlia and watching Punkee blossom into such an important space for millennial women. Punkee is part of my DNA and I plan on building and fostering the amazing community that Tahlia has created, with Punkee becoming even bigger and better heading into 2023.”

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Editor-in-chief of Junkee Media, Alice Griffin, said: “Tara has served the Punkee audience brilliantly for years now, so we knew the publication would be in no safer hands when considering a replacement for the mighty Tahlia Pritchard. We’re all so excited to have Tara taking on Punkee as editor and we’re looking forward to what’s next for this important women’s title under her direction.”

Gupta has worked as a senior culture writer at Junkee since February of this year. Before this, Gupta was also senior culture writer at MTV Australia for two years. Gupta has contributed to publications including Kill Your Darlings, SBS and The Sydney Morning Herald.

Commenting on Gupta’s appointment, Griffin said: “Reena is an exceptional writer and features editor – her promotion to deputy editor was a no-brainer for us. Reena will now play an even more significant role in shaping Junkee’s future; we’re so excited.”

Top image: Tara Watson

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