We’re looking better than ever this week (if we do say so ourselves), with a revamped website that has been designed to complement our all-new team and revitalised editorial direction, and to make it easier for you to access and share the content we create together.
The site is now optimised for mobile use, which means you’ll be able to read articles and have your say more easily on tablets and phones. Hallelujah!
The design is brighter, livelier and more colourful than its yellow and black predecessor, to reflect our team’s positive outlook on Canberra life.
Behind the scenes, it’s more up to date, which will give us scope to further improve existing features, and more easily introduce future offerings. There are one or two post-migration glitches to iron out, but we’re 95 per cent there.
We’re keen to hear what you think, and open to making changes based on your suggestions, so please let us know by leaving a comment below or dropping us a line via social media or the Contact us page.
So, about that all-new team. You probably already know that the founders of the RiotACT haven’t been involved for some time, having handed the reins to new owners in 2014. What you may not know, though, is that the site has just been acquired again, by a group of Canberra entrepreneurs with some serious runs on the board in both the ecommerce and digital media spaces.
We’re looking forward to introducing you to them in the next few days, so you can share in our excitement about what their involvement means for the RiotACT and its readers, and for Canberra and the surrounding region.
The new owners have already made changes to the executive staff.
Award-winning former Fairfax journalist and digital first book publisher Charlotte Harper, who joined as acting editor in late 2015, has this week agreed to stay on permanently as Editor of the RiotACT. She is looking forward to recruiting a band of new writers to join the RiotACT’s strong team of regular contributors in coming months, and to steering the RiotACT’s mix of serious and less-so coverage of the coming ACT election. We can’t say too much about the latter yet except to reveal that it may involve cupcakes.
Joining the team as Business Manager is the irrepressible Josh Mulrine, another new media entrepreneur. Josh is a long-term fan of the RiotACT with real expertise in digital media and particularly video. He is looking forward to giving decision-makers around town the inside running on what we’re up to and how they can get involved.
We’ll be telling you more about Charlotte, Josh and their plans in coming days, and asking for your feedback on all of this as the RiotACT begins the most exciting phase of its journey so far.