The New Daily is marking its ten years since it was launched.
Bruce Guthrie and Garry Weaven co-founded the independent news website in 2011 after they saw an opportunity to provide the public with a new, free, and independent online voice they could trust amid massive digital transformation.
The pair teamed up with Paul Hamra, Solstice Media CEO and current managing director of The New Daily, and Private Media Chair Eric Beecher, and in 2013, The New Daily was launched.
Guthrie said: “I’m proud we’ve become part of the media conversation and landscape, which is no small achievement given how many competitors have come and gone over the past ten years.
“A major plank in the design of The New Daily had to be independent news coverage that the public could trust. This is why we wrote a charter of editorial independence that remains one of our guiding principles.”
The news site features some of Australia’s most respected experts and journalists, including Alan Kohler, Michael Pascoe, Paul Bongiorno, Julia Banks, Simon Kuestenmacher, Madonna King, and Kirstie Clements.
It has also been accoladed for its journalistic success. Samantha Maiden won a Walkley Award for her scoop on then prime minister Scott Morrison’s Hawaii trip during the 2020 bushfires, and Michael Pascoe’s reporting on the Robo Debt scandal and Lucie Morris-Marr’s coverage of George Pell’s landmark trial also won awards.
The New Daily was initially launched with a unique ownership and funding model backed by foundation investors AustralianSuper, Cbus, First Super, HESTA, LUCRF and Industry Super Holdings. It also relied on revenue from advertising on the site. As a result of successfully growing its audience and revenue overtime, The New Daily is approximately 75 per cent self-sufficient today.
To celebrate 10 years of independent reporting, The New Daily will release a suite of engaging content in digital and video format including a series of reports by The New Daily demographer Simon Kuestenmacher on what the next 10 years will look like for Australia.