February 14, 2000. Wikipedia doesn’t exist. Neither does Facebook. iPhones won’t launch for another six years. And tweeting is still reserved for birds.
In an age when people read the (still fat) newspaper over breakfast, founder Stephen Mayne published Crikey – solely, shock, online – for the first time. It featured an insiders account of litigation against NAB (shares plummeted), a Howard government insider dishing the dirt, a profile of Col Allen headlined “Pissing in the Sink” and a personal account by a journo of being strangled by a politician…
“Crikey was built on a solid foundation of tip-offs, leaks, and the odd journalistic hand grenade,” said Crikey editor Marni Cordell. “Fifteen years and more than 40,000 stories later, we’re still proudly irritating the powerful.”
Some 17,000 subscribers pay to get the Crikey email in their inboxes every weekday filled with news, backgrounding, analysis, and insider information from the world of politics, media, government, business and Australian society.
“We believe the vast upheaval in media over the past fifteen years has only increased the importance of truly independent journalism that operates without agendas,” said Private Media chairman Eric Beecher.
In the last 15 years we’ve witnessed an epic transformation of the media. To celebrate surviving and thriving amongst the upheaval, Crikey will be publishing a series of special features over the year including:
- guest editorials from prominent Australians such as Clive Palmer, Maxine McKew, Julian Burnside, Geoff Gallop, Anne Summers, Julian Morrow and Wendy Harmer.
- an interactive timeline of 15 years of epic media transformation
- celebrities (ok most pollies and journos including Annabel Crabb, Kristina Keneally and Jon Faine) reading out mean tips featuring… themselves
- notes from the digital disruption: interviews with players from the media frontline on surviving the revolution
- The Powers That Be: essays on the nature of media and power in Australia
- Best Leaks: the best gets from the last 15 years and how we landed them
- The next 15 years… futurists predict what’s next
- Special investigations
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Sustainable soap brand Single Use Ain’t Sexy has been greeted with a huge influx of support after raising over half a million dollars in funding via a crowdfunding campaign. The brand has launched itself into the ‘green economy’ by calling on the Australian public to financially back them and their mission to get Aussies to […]
Queer Artist Ryan James Caruthers has publically slammed software company Unfold after it asked to use the artist’s work for free as part of its Pride Month social media campaign. Caruthers took to Instagram to show screenshots of the conversation he had with Unfold after it asked the artist to share 12 of his images […]
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Highly experienced tourism marketer Kelly Ryan has been appointed to lead the marketing efforts at Visit Sunshine Coast (VSC). During the past 12 years, Ryan has supported Canberra’s tourism industry in senior marketing roles, including as director of strategy and insights as well as director of marketing at VisitCanberra. Most recently, Ryan has been working […]
GHO Sydney has developed a new educational platform for Family Planning NSW to help parents and carers of children with disabilities navigate the changes to their bodies, emotions and social interactions. The project, ‘Planet Puberty’, was made possible through funding from the federal government’s Department of Social Services, and was co-designed with people with disability […]
JCDecaux today announced conservation organisation, Bush Heritage Australia, as its major charity partner for 2021. The partnership is part of a series of ‘social impact’ initiatives the business is launching this year, under the banner of JCDecauxHEART. JCDecauxHEART focuses on three areas of social impact: health and mental health, environmental sustainability, and enriching urban communities. […]
Shameless Media’s Michelle Andrews and Zara McDonald’s latest podcast, The Books That Changed My Life, will launch exclusively on LiSTNR on Tuesday, 15 June. Throughout the series Michelle and Zara will talk with guests including Kevin Kwan, Laura Henshaw, Jock Zonfrillo, Susan Carland, Hamish Blake and Delta Goodrem about the books that have had a profound impact […]
In celebration of Pride Month, cult streetwear brand Champion has announced an Australia-and New Zealand-first Pride range, Champions of Pride, and ongoing partnership with the Queer Sporting Alliance. Championing a cause, celebrating community, and aiming to create real change, the capsule collection proudly heroes the Pride colours in a selection of signature Champion tees, iconic […]
Following the successful deployment of BankiFi’s technology platform at The Co-operative Bank in the UK, BankiFi has appointed Lloyd Parata to lead their expansion into the Australian Financial Services market. BankiFi’s technology platform ensures banks remain relevant by offering SMEs an innovative solution to operate their business, whilst avoiding common challenges like late payment. Parata, […]