About RiotACT

RiotACT is part of Region Group.RiotACT is part of Region Group.

Conversations about life in Canberra and the surrounding region live here on RiotACT.

Locally owned and operated, and with a growing and passionate team, RiotACT is home to engaging independent articles, images, and video journalism as well as thoughtful analysis from a team of real-world, respected contributors.

Our readers are part of the conversation, these people (perhaps that’s you!) are active participants, regularly submitting posts and comments – a lively comment stream here on the website and on our social media platforms is guaranteed.

RiotACT was established in late 2000 as a place for local news, opinion and analysis, and over 57,000 articles+ have been published to date, generating over 700,000+ on-site comments, and over 659,000+ published comments from social media.

That spirit lives on as we grow and broaden our audience and content.

Region Group has a growing audience of 510,000+ unique monthly website visitors from Canberra and the surrounding region.


Genevieve Jacobs, Group Editor

Genevieve Jacobs

Genevieve Jacobs is the Group Editor for Region Media, Australia’s fastest-growing digital news platform. Her long career as a regional journalist includes more than a decade broadcasting with ABC Canberra, encompassing a passion for telling the stories of our community from a deeply local perspective.

Genevieve chairs the ACT arts minister’s Creative Advisory Council and co-chairs the ACT Reconciliation Council.

She sits on the boards of the Cultural Facilities Corporation, the National Folk Festival and Canberra International Music Festival, and the ANU School of Music Advisory Board. She is a director of the Conflict Resolution Service and the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture.

Genevieve has an enduring interest in building and strengthening community engagement, and a strong belief in the importance of public interest journalism. And she still loves nothing better than a good yarn. Read more of her story here.


Tim White, Co-CEO & Director

Tim WhiteCanberra-born tech entrepreneur Tim White was one of the driving forces behind real estate platform Allhomes.

Tim was CEO of Allhomes from 2007-2016. While Tim was at the helm, the number of listings on the site grew from 5,000 to 430,000. Page views rose from 10,000 per day to 2 million per day, and revenue grew at an annual rate of 35 per cent. Allhomes became one of the most trusted and iconic brands in the Canberra region.

Allhomes was acquired by Fairfax Media in 2014 for $50 million.

Inspired by his young family, Tim is a passionate advocate for life in the capital. Read more of his story here.


Michael McGoogan, Co-CEO & Director

Michael McGooganMichael founded one of Australia’s largest cloud service providers, UberGlobal, in his Rivett bedroom when he was just 14. By the time Michael was 27, UberGlobal’s customer base had reached 130,000+. Melbourne IT acquired the business for $15.5 million in April 2015.

Michael was also the Chairman of Crucial Cloud Hosting, which was acquired by Digital Pacific for $6.5 million in June 2015.

Michael is a business builder and investor who helps online companies manage growth, drive revenue and stay profitable.

There is much more to Michael’s story, check it out here.


Ian Oswald, Chief Technical Officer

Ian OswaldIan has played a senior role in a series of successful high-growth technology businesses including Senior Platform Engineer at UberGlobal and Platform Developer at MelbourneIT.

Leading the development of Region Group’s technical platform, Ian is responsible for platform development, hosting, maintenance, and operations.

Ian contributes his technical expertise and mentorship to a number of businesses in the Canberra start-up community.

To learn more about Ian’s story, check it out here.


Our Team


Our Contributors

Our full-time team is supported by an increasing diversity of regular contributors.

This depth of talent adds a dynamic to our coverage of Canberra and the surrounding region that is unique and insightful.

Meet our contributors here.


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