Meet the Editorial Team

Laura Baker


A life long passion for telling stories and a desire to give a voice and public platform to everyday people and community organisations made me pursue a career in journalism.

I have a Certificate in Media Communications from Aoraki Polytechnic and a Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications from the New Zealand Broadcasting School.

I began my career at Radio New Zealand working in the Christchurch newsroom as a journalism intern. The internship was a valuable experience whipping my journalism skills into shape, helping me build wonderful contacts in the industry and giving me the opportunity to learn about myself and exactly what kind of journalist I wanted to become, shaping me into who I am today.

I am a true Christchurch girl born, raised and educated here.  My fiancé, soon to be husband, and I bought our first home here in 2013.

I am thrilled to be part of the Academy Publishing family. As the newest member of the editorial team I am excited to get stuck into writing and work hard on establishing myself as a credible print journalist.

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Lydia Truesdale


I’m a news junkie – I’m all about discovering, consuming and delivering newsworthy content. I’m especially interested in topics that affect the routines and wellbeing of people, communities and businesses; topics that fascinate; that people want to explore and become informed and educated on; that matter to individuals who wouldn’t ordinarily have the time or resources to investigate themselves.

I’m very ‘outdoorsy’ and my background is speckled with recreational and sporting endeavours. These days I compete to a high level in eventing (equestrian) with a team of four horses that I train myself, so am kept pretty busy (and broke!) outside the office.

I’m delighted to be the newest member of Academy’s editorial department. Together with my degree in journalism and four years’ experience in print I hope to present the Academy readership with informative and engaging articles that provide a pleasurable albeit momentary break from daily life.
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Marie Sherry


Marie Sherry is a journalist with 17 years’ experience within the print industry.

With a degree in English literature from Otago University and a certificate in journalism from Aoraki Polytechnic in Timaru, Marie worked as a daily reporter at The Southland Times in Invercargill for four years before joining Academy Publishing’s Christchurch-based team in 1997.

Marie worked fulltime for the company for three years before switching to freelance work after the birth of her first child in 2000.

Since then she has worked continually from home on a freelance basis, undertaking work for a number of publications including Academy Publishing’s range of business newspapers.