The RiotACT is a digital regional news and opinion platform that creates and facilitates conversations about life in the Canberra region for its audience of 140,000+ unique monthly website visitors, 23,000+ Facebook fans, 8500+ Twitter followers and 2000+ Instagram followers.
Our dedication to the ACT community places us as one of the most trusted sources of information on life in the capital. More than one in three Canberrans visits the site at least once per month.
Locally-owned and operated and with a Walkley Award-winning editor, the RiotACT publishes engaging independent text, image and video journalism as well as thoughtful analysis from a team of respected contributors.
Our readers and viewers are active participants, regularly submitting posts of their own for publication as well as having their say on the content we publish in a lively comment stream on the website and via social media.
The site was established in late 2000 to publish grass roots news, the opinion of the people and up to date information about the Canberra scene. “We’re aiming to expose Canberra to itself,” the founders wrote. “To demonstrate that community consultation can occur, and from the inside it’s a far more vibrant place than it looks from without.”
More than 38,000 articles and 550,000 comments have been publishing on the platform since its inception.
Recently revamped, under new ownership and with an all-new team, the RiotACT’s focus on Canberra continues, as does our desire to help readers let the rest of the community know about issues and events that matter to them through varied and informative points of view.
If you have an interest that isn’t getting the coverage you would like, register and submit a post on it. As a small team we can’t publish everything that comes across our screens, but we do the best we can to give everyone a fair go.
We will release a draft revised policy on moderation of comments and publication of reader submissions in November, 2016.
Charlotte Harper, Editor-at-Large
With responsibility for the day to day operation of the RiotACT’s platforms, Charlotte Harper writes articles, takes photographs and shoots video interviews as well as commissioning and editing contributed material. She publishes content direct to the website and on our social media channels and moderates comments from readers.
Charlotte has worked as journalist, section editor, web producer and sub-editor in newspapers, magazines and online for two decades, including a (shared) Walkley Award-winning stint running Fairfax’s live text and multimedia coverage of the Sydney Olympics. Her Saturday Sydney Morning Herald column Charlotte’s Web led to a bestselling book, Weird Wild Web, published by Penguin Australia.
In 2012, Charlotte founded a digital first book publishing business, Editia, with a focus on longform journalism and general non-fiction.
An ANU graduate who was born at the old Canberra Hospital, Charlotte has also taught blogging and feature writing at the Canberra Institute of Technology and tutored in journalism at the University of Canberra. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Editing and Publishing from Macquarie University.
Josh Mulrine, Business Manager
A long-term fan and contributor to the RiotACT, Josh Mulrine joined the team as Business Manager in July 2016.
He’s a proud Canberran, born in Wanniassa, who wants to help launch the city as a global capital and to lead the charge to build the RiotACT into a significant media business in the region and beyond.
Josh has worked with business, government and not-for-profit clients in Canberra through his Phillip-based video production agency, Digital Content Studios.
As Vice President of the Phillip Business Community, Josh works actively to further the interests of local business owners, managers and key staff in the precinct.
Josh is looking forward to working with clients to create strategic campaigns and sponsored multimedia content that will entertain and engage the RiotACT’s audience across all of our platforms.
Michael McGoogan, Director
A homegrown technology prodigy, Michael founded what would become one of Australia’s largest cloud service providers, UberGlobal, in his Rivett bedroom when he was just 14.
Few of his early clients knew they were dealing with a Year 8 student who took support calls during classes at Melrose High.
By the time Michael was 27, UberGlobal’s customer base had reached 130,000+ and Melbourne IT had come calling. They acquired the business for $15.5 million in April 2015.
Within hours of that sale, another Australian hosting giant, Crucial, had appointed Michael as chairman of its board. He assisted the founders in structuring that business for a trade sale exit, leading to Crucial’s acquisition 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. With expertise in strategic planning, business strategy, relationship management and emerging technologies, the new co-owner of the RiotACT is excited about the digital regional news platform’s potential in Canberra and beyond.
You can find Michael on LinkedIn here.
Tim White, Director
Canberra-born, Kambah-raised tech entrepreneur Tim White started his career as web developer and systems architect at the Australian Tax Office, but went on to become the driving force behind real estate platform Allhomes’ rise from ACT start-up to $50 million takeover target.
After transitioning from IT to management then start-up founder during a stint in London, Tim joined Allhomes as its CEO in 2007. He remained at the helm until June 2016, and led the process and due diligence for Allhomes’ acquisition by Fairfax Media in 2014. He stayed on to oversee the integration of the platform with the newspaper company’s Domain Group.
While Tim was at the helm at Allhomes, the number of listings on the site grew from 5000 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%.
The former Kambah High and Lake Tuggeranong College student recently joined the board of Asia-Pacific online real estate business Digital Classifieds Group, taking a stake in the process.
He’s looking forward to bringing his strategic planning, business strategy, relationship management and emerging technologies expertise to help transform RiotACT into a respected media channel.
A passionate advocate for life in the capital who is raising a young family here, Tim believes that ensuring the RiotACT is all about this city and region is the key to to the platform’s success.
You can find Tim on LinkedIn here.
Note about our election coverage
RiotACT directors Michael McGoogan and Tim White, of 27 Napier Close Deakin ACT 2600 Australia, have authorised the publication of any electoral matter contained in reportage or commentary on The-RiotACT.com.