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INMA 30 Under 30: Sophia Phan of Sydney Morning Herald

By Dawn McMullan


Dallas, Texas, United States


On September 17, INMA awarded 30 young professionals around the world with its debut “30 Under 30” award as part of its Young Professionals Initiative. This is the 29th in a series of 30 features about these impressive rising media stars who are shaping our industry. 

Sophia Phan was just 19 when she started her career at The Sydney Morning Herald and has been appointed to several senior positions since, including social media editor at age 23 and deputy digital editor at 26. She has worked on numerous high-profile news stories, including the MH370 disappearance, terror attacks, the coronavirus pandemic, and the tragic Australian bushfires.

Sophia Phan is deputy digital editor at The Sydney Morning Herald (Nine) in Australia.
Sophia Phan is deputy digital editor at The Sydney Morning Herald (Nine) in Australia.

Her decisions during the coronavirus outbreak, including making content free and creating a dynamic live blog, were commercial successes and helped drive a large amount of traffic to the Web site.

“I want to be part of the future of media — to tell and share stories in dynamic and innovative ways,” she said. “To work with product and technology teams developing new templates and formats that can tap into new audiences.”

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