Ben Naparstek – Wikipedia

Ben Naparstek (born 1986)[1][2] is an Australian digital media executive and former journalist.

After graduating with degrees in Arts & Law (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, he was awarded an Owen Fellowship to study at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he co-edited The Jacqueline Rose Reader (Duke University Press).[1]

Naparstek was editor of the current affairs magazine The Monthly from May 2009 until February 2012.[2]

From February 2012 until August 2015, he edited Good Weekend, which is inserted weekly in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.[3][4] He then moved to Special Broadcasting Service, where for two years he was head of editorial, online and emerging platforms. In May 2017, Naparstek was recruited by PR firm Edelman Australia as their content and digital director.[5] He also sits on the board of Yourtown, an Australian not-for-profit organisation to help disadvantaged young people.[6]

In 2014 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study new funding models for public service journalism.[7]

In Conversation[edit]

A collection of his magazine profiles, written while freelancing for publications such as The Financial Times Magazine as an undergraduate student, was published by Scribe in 2009 as In Conversation and translated into Mandarin[8] and Portuguese.[9]

The Sydney Morning Herald described the book as “exceptional”, noting “he has a finely honed ability to write a profile” and is “a very fine colour feature writer”.[10] The Age wrote that “his profiles are as impressive as his subjects – erudite but never obscure or showy”.[11] The Spectator described Naparstek’s profiles as “wide-ranging, the writing fluent and imaginative”[12] while the Australian Book Review noted “Naparstek’s prose is crisp, relaxed and unflashily learned”.[13]


In 2013, Naparstek was publicly criticised by John van Tiggelen[14] who became the editor of The Monthly after Naparstek’s departure.[15] Van Tiggelen accused Naparstek of underpaying female writers – claims dismissed by Fairfax Media as “absolute nonsense”[16] – and of attempts to poach writers from The Monthly.[14]

In 2015, Naparstek’s editorial conduct was publicly criticised by actress Caitlin Stasey.[17] Emails revealed by Stasey showed Naparstek commissioned nude photos of her to accompany an interview about female empowerment she gave to Good Weekend, the publication Naparstek headed at the time. Stasey refused, and consequently had her story canned.[18] Fairfax Media clarified that the story was spiked for editorial reasons and attributed the dispute about the photo shoot to a miscommunication with the photo desk.


  1. ^ a b The Jacqueline Rose Reader, publication details
  2. ^ a b Coslovich, Gabriella. “Ben who?”, The Age, 27 May 2009.
  3. ^ “Naparstek the new editor of Good Weekend, The Sydney Morning Herald (15 December 2011)
  4. ^ Bodey, Michael “Fairfax’s Good Weekend editor Ben Naparstek moves to SBS”, The Australian. 3 September 2015
  5. ^ “SBS’ online specialist Ben Naparstek to join Edelman as content and digital director”. Mumbrella. 10 May 2017.
  6. ^ “Our Team – Board”. 31 March 2016.
  7. ^ “Naparstek, Ben’s profile”. Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  8. ^ “图书详情”. Big Apple Agency.
  9. ^ “Encontros com 40 grandes autores”.
  10. ^ Elder, Bruce (12 September 2009). “Pick of the Week”. The Sydney Morning Herald.
  11. ^ Kaye, Lorien (19 September 2009). “Words with great writers”. The Age.
  12. ^ Gare, Shelley. “In Praise of Miranda Devine”. The Spectator.
  13. ^ Allington, Patrick (1 November 2009). “Brief Encounters”. Australian Book Review.
  14. ^ a b Leys, Nick (28 February 2013). “Magazine wars: editor hits back at young ‘dalek’“. The Australian. p. 3.
  15. ^ “Plus ca change … The Monthly turns 10″. Crikey. 24 April 2015. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  16. ^ “Editors’ feud: Fairfax boss fires back at Monthly ed’s email attack”. 28 February 2013.
  17. ^ “Caitlin Stasey lashes out at Fairfax over nude photo shoot request”. ABC News. 16 July 2015. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  18. ^ Stasey, Caitlin. “When a Magazine Only Wants You If You’re Willing to Pose Nude”. Jezebel. Retrieved 29 November 2016.