Victoria Stone-Meadows


Victoria completed a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Politics at Swinburne University Melbourne before beginning her career in journalism.

Victoria’s career has seen her work across metro and rural publications and has strengths in writing everything from brief alerts in in-depth profiles.

She has worked for independent family-owned newspapers for a majority of her career as well as for major rural daily publications for Fairfax Media.

Also a trained photographer, Victoria has an eye for capturing interesting and newsworthy moments on camera that bring life and depth to her articles.

After moving from Victoria to the tropical north in the first half of 2018, Victoria fell in love with the charm and character of Port Douglas.


Howard Salkow

Senior Journalist

Howard Salkow has extensive Journalism, Public Relations and Event Management experience in a career spanning more than 35 years. Formerly from South Africa, where he established himself as a journalist, his career has taken him to Canada and Australia. He has been extensively published in newspapers, magazines and journals in South Africa, Canada, the United States, London and Australia. A major strength is his ability to write about most subjects 

Using his media experience and strong sports background, he played a significant role in the promotion, operational planning and event management of Canada’s two professional golf tournaments on the PGA and LPGA Tour respectively – the men’s Canadian Open and the ladies’ du Maurier Classic. He was instrumental in co-ordinating the establishment of a women’s professional golf tour in Canada, the du Maurier Series. In 1992 at Toronto’s SkyDome, he promoted a cricket match between then world champions Pakistan and a World X1 that included 19-year-old West Indian Brian Lara.    

He is a graduate in communications studies and management from Canadian and Australian universities. He made Port Douglas his home in February 2015.        


Karlie Brady

Freelance Journalist

Karlie completed a bachelor of Arts majoring in Multimedia Journalism at James Cook University in Townsville in 2016.

Originally from Western Australia, Karlie moved to Port Douglas with her family in 2010 attending high school in Mossman before moving away to pursue her university studies.

Upon competition of university, Karlie decided she wanted to move back home to the beautiful Port Douglas where she joined the Newsport team.

Having grown up in the Douglas Shire, Karlie knows the local area giving her an insight into local matters. 


Rosie Wang


Born and raised in London, Rosie holds a Diploma in Travel Journalism and Photography from London’s Morris College of Journalism, and has written for London-based TNT, the backpacker’s magazine of choice.

Rosie began her sales career in 1982, with London-based company On File, the world’s first interactive electronic daily information service.

In the UK, Rosie worked on both sides of the media industry fence, involved in marketing, sales and advertising for multinationals including IBM, Hasbro Toys, Revlon and Logica, and agencies Moxon, Dolphin and Kerby (Ted Bates Advertising), BCG Communications, and her own OrangeApple Media.

Before moving to Australia in 2010, Rosie embarked on what would become a 10-year journey around the world, living and diving in eight countries, which also involved working as a professional underwater photographer and videographer.

Rosie moved to Port Douglas just over two years ago, and joined The Newsport team in 2013.

Rosie is a regular at K-Star’s Tuesday Trivia at Paddy’s. A passionate advocate for the environment and animal welfare, Rosie volunteers as a walker with Port Douglas animal shelter, Paws and Claws.


Crispin Hull


Crispin Hull has written for The Canberra Times for 30 years on a huge range of topics, but mainly legal and constitutional before becoming Editor of the paper for seven years.

For about two decades, he handled the paper’s defamation work, was responsible for the selection of the letters to the Editor and wrote too many editorials to count.

He has contributed to both Federal and Australian Capital Territory parliamentary inquiries on defamation and freedom of speech.

He now teaches journalism at the University of Canberra; writes a weekly column for The Canberra Times and Newsport; writes the editorial matter for; contribute to other publications and appear intermittently on ABC radio and television; and doed occasional consultancy work (including website design and creation) and occasional public speaking.

Crispin is also the author of “The High Court of Australia 1903-2003” and “Canberra – Australia’s National Capital”.



Advertising & Account Executives:


Adrian Soffe

Similar to so many of my Newsport colleagues, customers and friends across the Region, I am another great advocate and walking example of the positive ‘major life-event change’, enriched by the natural beauty & magnetism of Port Douglas; including its friendly Community & idyllic tropical climate & lifestyle.

After nearly a decade of making Round the World trips throughout the ‘90’s, to satisfy a passion for diving and natural tranquillity, it felt like a natural home coming to make my last trip to Port Douglas, soon after the millennium, ‘one-way’!

Upon arriving in Port Douglas, a 2Yr+ career break ensued, providing me the opportunity to convert to PADI Instructor and introduce many new & novice divers to the underwater splendour of the GBR whilst working on many of the established charter, liveaboard and white boats.

I was then lured back to Commercial life with the offer to join Australia’s leading Directory business, which successfully introduced the World’s first online Directory. The business went on to become Australia’s leading digital marketing business & later Google’s No.1 Ad-word Re-seller across the Asia Pacific.

During this time, I contributed to the ongoing success of the Cairns Regional Office which became the No 1 Regional Team in the country, achieving multiple Sales & Customer Service awards including CEO recognition for myself (top 1% performer Nationally).

This success took me to some of the most amazing places on the planet, from Safari’s to Palaces!

However, despite the glamour Port Douglas became my home and I wouldn’t swap it for the all the glass mirrors in Versaille or tea in China.



Accounts & Administration:


Paula Macfarlane

Originally from Australia's Line Dancing capital, Tamworth, Paula has been a resident of Port Douglas since 2005.

She landed on Lizard Island in 1992 and in 1995 set her sights on international travel becoming a Superyacht stewardess.

Since returning to FNQ and Port Douglas, Paula worked with tourism accommodation icon Thala Beach before joining the Newsport Publishing team in 2012.

Paula loves a laugh, enjoys the best times with her daughter Issy and a few quality drinks with her fantastic group of friends.