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Canberra and the surrounding region’s fastest growing source of quality local news and conversation.

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Publications

RiotACT, our primary masthead and household name in Canberra, was established in late 2000 as a place for local news, opinion and analysis.
About Regional is RiotACT’s sister site focusing on news, views and features from South East NSW and the South West Slopes.
RiotACT’s Chinese version contains a curated selection of RiotACT’s daily content translated to Chinese by our in house team here in Canberra.

Our Social Properties

About Us

We believe that good communication is about listening to the people who live in the region we serve, and that passionate debate and deep local knowledge create the best conversations.
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Our trusted, experienced journalists take on the issues that matter to you. Our first priority is always our community.

Region is local everywhere. Original, locally sourced editorial content is our priority and all our stories come from Canberra and the surrounding region.

Strong, ethical and independent editorial policies drive Region Group. Our key commitment is to providing balanced, relevant local content, produced by professional journalists.

Our reader interaction creates vibrant, entertaining, on-topic conversations, curated to ensure vigorous but fair discussion. Our commercial partners align with our view that community comes first.

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Statistics

Region Group is a Canberra region news organisation. Our priority is local stories and people. Our current readership comprises over 520,000 monthly unique website visitors and over 315,000 direct social media followers across our publications.

Since founding in August 2016, Region Group’s website visitors, social reach and engagement have grown month-over-month to become one of the largest digital platforms to communicate with the people of the region.

520,000+
unique monthly visitors
315,000+
social following
57,000+
published articles
1,359,000+
published comments

Our People

Tim White, Genevieve Jacobs, Ian Oswald, Michael McGoogan, Kim Treasure

In a turbulent media landscape, serial business builders Tim White and Michael McGoogan have teamed up to disrupt digital media in their hometown Canberra region.

Our experienced team of local journalists are creating a trove of quality local content, focusing on telling the stories and covering the issues that matter to the people of the region. Genevieve Jacobs is our group editor, with responsibility across our mastheads.

Our editorial team is supported by more than 35 local leaders from politics, local business, not-for-profit organisations, and the community sector spanning the Chief Minister, a balanced cross-section of our local MPs and MLAs, local thought leaders, opinion makers, domain experts, and community members.

Tim White
Tim White
Co-CEO & Director
Tim White
Tim White
Co-CEO & Director

Canberra-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.

Michael McGoogan
Michael McGoogan
Co-CEO & Director
Michael McGoogan
Michael McGoogan
Co-CEO & Director

Michael 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.

Editorial Team

Genevieve Jacobs
Genevieve Jacobs
Group Editor
Genevieve Jacobs
Genevieve Jacobs
Group Editor

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.

Genevieve has an enduring interest in building community, and creating discussions that include us all. And she still loves nothing better than a good yarn.

Kim Treasure
Kim Treasure
Content Director
Kim Treasure
Kim Treasure
Content Director

Kim Treasure has been a journalist for more than 35 years, working across regional NSW and Canberra in print, radio and online. She began her career at the Newcastle Herald with Fairfax Media and managed almost 40 mastheads across Southern NSW before leaving the company in 2019. She was the voice of ABC Radio in the Eurobodalla for more than two decades and has written for national magazines and newspapers. Kim has been a judge on the NSW Australian of the Year Panel, a board member of the Ronald McDonald Holiday Retreat, and an active member of sporting and community organisations on the NSW South Coast. She has a passion for public interest journalism and a drive to foster community connections and conversation. Kim lives on small acreage near Batemans Bay and loves nothing more than spending time with family and friends - both two and four-legged.

Michelle Rowe
Michelle Rowe
Senior Journalist
Michelle Rowe
Michelle Rowe
Senior Journalist

Michelle Rowe has worked for publications including the Bangkok Post, the UK’s Daily and Sunday Mirror newspapers and Australia’s Woman’s Day magazine during her 25-year journalism career. Her roles as a food columnist and travel editor with The Weekend Australian newspaper, WISH magazine and Australian Gourmet Traveller mean she’s always on the lookout for the hidden gems in hospitality, and the movers and shakers behind them. After several years leading corporate communications teams in the tourism, energy and property sectors, Michelle now runs Canberra-based communications consultancy PitchPerfect Media. Her biggest surprise on moving to Canberra two years ago? “The food and wine scene here is amazing!”

Tim Gavel
Tim Gavel
Senior Journalist
Tim Gavel
Tim Gavel
Senior Journalist

Sports commentator with ABC Grandstand since 1988, calling a range of sports including NRL, Super Rugby, Wallabies, Rowing World Cups, Rugby World Cups, Socceroos, Matildas, Opals, Boomers, WNBL, NBL, International Netball, Men’s and Women’s one day international cricket, Big Bash, World Volleyball League for Fox Sports, Rowing World Cup and National Championships for Fox Sports and the 2000 Paralympics. Tim is an icon in the ACT region's sporting community and brings an unrivalled insight to the games we play, big and small.

Karyn Starmer
Karyn Starmer
Senior Journalist
Karyn Starmer
Karyn Starmer
Senior Journalist

Karyn Starmer is a second career journalist working freelance in print, radio and online media after completing a Masters in Journalism. Karyn began her working life as a financial markets trader for an international bank but wandered away from Sydney to set up an idyllic family life on the South Coast. While immersed in the local South Coast community, she has made Canberra a virtual second home and spends a lot of time on the Kings Highway.

Ian Bushnell
Ian Bushnell
Senior Journalist
Ian Bushnell
Ian Bushnell
Senior Journalist

Ian “Bushy” Bushnell is a career journalist and a former News Editor and Chief of Reporting staff at The Canberra Times, where he was at the centre of some of the capital’s biggest stories.

A Canberra resident since 1995, he and his partner have raised three children here and takes a keen interest in politics, urban development, health, education and sustainability issues.

He enjoys the ACT’s bush environment and its rich cultural offerings including music, theatre and sport, and a good bottle of red.

John Thistleton
John Thistleton
Senior Journalist
John Thistleton
John Thistleton
Senior Journalist

John Thistleton’s 30-plus years in the print media began at Cowra, and includes stints in Young, Wellington, Leeton, Crookwell, Queanbeyan, Goulburn, and, over 12 years, the Canberra Times.

As a reporter and managing editor John has watched the media fragment into numerous new opportunities.

A highlight for him at Goulburn was switching off a national wire service and relying on local staff and news to refresh content and see the paper flourish.

Moving to property and planning rounds in Canberra, John covered battles east and west of the city when retailing, residential and rural landscapes swiftly changed to accommodate a fast-growing population.

After leaving for a brief stint at the National Capital Authority as media manager he returned to the Canberra Times as the business editor, then a reporter covering the broader ACT region.

Michael Weaver
Michael Weaver
Journalist
Michael Weaver
Michael Weaver
Journalist

Michael Weaver is a journalist of more than 25 years. He hails from the NSW north coast, and after studying in Canberra and working as a sports journalist on the NSW south coast, he now proudly calls Queanbeyan home.

Michael has worked for several Federal Government agencies as a journalist, media liaison officer and web content writer. He also runs a freelance writing service for businesses who want to be worthy of their words. Michael is passionate about the local community and can also be found playing bass with bands in local venues. As a proud lefty, he also thinks Paul McCartney is still cool.

Hannah Sparks
Hannah Sparks
Journalist
Hannah Sparks
Hannah Sparks
Journalist

Hannah Sparks is a regional journalist based in the Southern Tablelands of NSW. She has eight years of experience reporting stories for print and broadcast media including Fairfax Media and ABC Canberra. Home was originally a farm in Devon, UK, where she studied a Bachelor of Journalism. Today, she writes from a wool farm in the Tablelands where she lives with her partner and their many dogs. Hannah is passionate about providing regional communities with a voice and always has time for a cuppa and a yarn.

Sharon Kelley
Sharon Kelley
Journalist
Sharon Kelley
Sharon Kelley
Journalist

Sharon began her career in studying for a degree in journalism, majoring in photography and linguistics. She went on to obtain a post-graduate qualification in communications. Since then, she has worked in the public, private and community sectors as a professional journalist and public relations manager. Her areas of interest are property, business, the startup sector, community, and motoring.

Dominic Giannini
Dominic Giannini
Journalist
Dominic Giannini
Dominic Giannini
Journalist

Dominic Giannini is a journalist who first started working as a newsreader on community radio in Sydney. Originating from the Harbour City, Dominic studied politics and international relations before moving to Canberra to cover local stories.

With a background in radio, from presenting drive shows to producing news stories, Dominic loves to spin a yarn and probably needs to be cut off more often than not.

Dominic is passionate about mental health advocacy, politics and pasta, but prefers to keep all three separate.

Edwina Mason
Edwina Mason
Journalist
Edwina Mason
Edwina Mason
Journalist

Edwina Mason has worked as a journalist and editor in regional and metropolitan media for over 30 years. Her loop of NSW regional newspapers includes Young, Griffith, Armidale, Singleton, Camden and Queanbeyan before she joined Eric Beecher's Text Media Group. There she transitioned from print to online journalism firstly in content strategy, then as an editor at News Ltd and over to ninemsn where she was head of News, Current Affairs, Technology and the network home page.

A couple of years living in Toronto, Canada found her learning the art of documentary filmmaking in the Mississipi Delta before she returned home to the family farm to live. A year of planting trees later she joined the Young Witness as its managing editor. Then it was over to learn the political ropes under Member for Cootamundra Katrina Hodgkinson before she became Senior Electorate Officer for Katrina's successor Steph Cooke.

Home is the family farm at Thuddungra where she's laid her hat, surrounded by too many four-legged critters for her brother's liking. Now breeding quarterhorses with her partner, she feeds, rides and pats cutting horses morning and evening around her About Regional work.

Elka Wood
Elka Wood
Journalist
Elka Wood
Elka Wood
Journalist

Elka Wood is a freelance writer, parent to two young kids and has a deep love for her home community of the Bega Valley.

Circumstances dictate that Elka and her family move between the US and Australia and she rediscovered a childhood love of writing and storytelling working as a reporter at a small newspaper in Montana, her husband's home state.

In between writing jobs, Elka has worked in the non-profit sector, as a caterer and as a fisheries technician, taking DNA samples from trout in a freezing stream in the middle of the night.

During long winters in Montana, she blogs at Aussiemerica.com.

Elka loves meeting new people and believes in the commonality of the human experience - and that everyone has a story to tell.

Alex Rea
Alex Rea
Journalist
Alex Rea
Alex Rea
Journalist

Alex Rea has worked in print media and the arts for three decades, including 12 years as Editor of the Braidwood Times. Born and raised in Canberra, Alex has a keen interest rural and regional communities.

Hayden Fritzlaff
Hayden Fritzlaff
Journalist
Hayden Fritzlaff
Hayden Fritzlaff
Journalist

Hayden is a writer, musician, and all-around Canberra enthusiast. After studying music and English at ANU, Hayden has worked with a number of Canberra-based arts and media organisations.

When he's not writing, Hayden can usually be found watching the next up-and-coming local band, or reading up on the latest music and arts happenings around town.

Business Team

Ian Oswald
Ian Oswald
Chief Technical Officer
Ian Oswald
Ian Oswald
Chief Technical Officer

Ian 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.

David Murtagh
David Murtagh
Sub-editor
David Murtagh
David Murtagh
Sub-editor

David Murtagh began his career as a journalist in Sydney working as a producer at 2GB, and sub-editor at CFO magazine and Medical Observer.

In 2003, David began work as a public servant, switching between policy roles, and media and communications, especially speechwriting.

He specialised in foreign investment, resource and energy issues, agriculture and economics.

He has a Masters of Public Policy, and Masters of National Security from the ANU.

In recent years, David has returned to journalism, hosting a podcast, writing a blog, and subbing and writing at Region.

Michelle Kroll
Michelle Kroll
Media Production
Michelle Kroll
Michelle Kroll
Media Production

Michelle Kroll began her career as a photographer in the Air Force where she developed the discipline to capture high quality images in demanding environments; first time, every time. During her time in the military she expanded her skills to include videography, and has continued to work in the media industry for nearly 30 years. Her career has seen her shooting both nationally and worldwide, and from a variety of platforms - air, land and sea.

Having managed her own media production companies she connects with small and large businesses alike, and enjoys the challenge of working with a team to create visually engaging and effective content, all the while a focus on fun being had by all.

With a passion for experiencing different cultures and places, she is seldom seen without a camera close by. Michelle is an avid supporter of local producers and actively promotes the Canberra wine region to anyone who will listen.

Adam Gill
Adam Gill
Marketing & Client Manager
Shayna Siakimotu
Shayna Siakimotu
Account Executive
Gavin Gao
Gavin Gao
Business Development
Etta McEwan
Etta McEwan
Social Media Coordinator
Mr. Smiggle
Mr. Smiggle
Head of HR

Our Testimonials

Learn how partnerships between us and our clients help build stronger relationships with the community and change the way they market their organisations.

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CEO
Village Building Company
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RSPCA
Mark Edlund, Clarity Home Loans
Clarity Home Loans
Travis Doherty, Village Building Company
Village Building Company
Tom Martin, Water Tight
Water Tight
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Menslink
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