Crikey rolls out INQ journo teamBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Thursday, 13th June 2019 at 12:32pm
Crikey Media has taken the covers off its new INQ inquiry journalism squad.
The group is being promoted as a crew that will probe deep into the story and dissect all leads for unique and accurate insights, with their first reports slated to be released as part of Crikey’s daily newsletters starting 24 June 2019.
Former The Project chief of staff and producer Lauren Molan has been tapped as the team’s editor based in Melbourne, handling a 12-person team across three states. Former ABC Investigations editor and Lateline producer/reporter Suzanne Smith is the consulting editor.
Beat assignments are already laid down.
Former Four Corners reporter David Hardaker is tackling legal affairs and crime.
Ex-The Age journalist Georgia Wilkins will handle business and consumer affairs. Amber Schultz, another former The Age reporter, is covering healthcare issues.
Jennine Khalik brings her seven years’ investigative producing and reporting at ABC and News Corp Australia into play covering stories on security, disinformation, and the intelligence community.
Kirsten Drysdale is assigned to the rural and regional affairs beat. The Newcastle native is well-known for hosting The Checkout and ABC Radio National podcast Talking Shop.
Fresh UniSydney graduate Justine Landis-Hanley will cover education stories.
Kishor Napier-Raman is covering issues on immigration, race, and religion.
From Crikey’s own freelance reporter pool, Charlie Lewis handles environment and energy, plus industrial relations, politics, and culture. Chris Woods is on Indigenous affairs. Emily Watkins is taking her trade to the INQ team as media reporter.
“As our media falls into fewer hands — much of it controlled from boardrooms in New York and London, much of it part of entertainment conglomerates for whom journalism is a peripheral activity — we believe there’s a worthwhile, dare we say important, place for a locally-owned independent voice that puts inquiry journalism at its epicenter,” explained INQ editor-in-chief Eric Beecher.
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