is an independent news project founded by three award-winning Tasmanian journalists – Bob Burton, Adam Morton and Mark Horstman – to publish high-quality, public-interest journalism on the state’s politics, society and environment.
Existing media outlets in Tasmania have suffered significant staffing and budget cuts, leaving an increasing number of important issues unexplored. Paywalls are up, limiting access to many stories to subscribers only. More cuts may be on the way as major national media companies merge and look to cut costs further, including at their Tasmanian subsidiaries. Tasmanian Inquirer
aims to help fill that gap. Rather than compete with existing media outlets by covering the same stories in much the same way, we plan to pursue unreported and under-reported issues, and hold powerful players in Tasmanian society to account.
We aim for quality, not quantity. Instead of publishing a high volume of stories to a fixed daily deadline, we plan to produce quality news and analysis that is beyond the existing news cycle, about stories not covered by other outlets. With your support, we intend to publish with increasing frequency over time.
As we believe free access to information is vital in a democracy, articles will not be behind a paywall. Nor will our website feature advertising.
Instead, Tasmanian Inquirer
aims to rely on the voluntary financial and other support of readers. Those with the means can help provide access to those without.
We welcome your suggestions of subjects worthy of investigation and especially your tips of information that could help lead to stories in the public interest. You can reach individual reporters via a message box found at the end of each story or via mail at PO Box 35, South Hobart, Tasmania 7004.
Our aim is to start small and build a scalable and sustainable independent journalism business. As it is currently difficult to establish a media non-profit in Australia, Tasmanian Inquirer
has been established as a for-profit company.Thank youTasmanian Inquirer
is indebted to John Anderson from Forte Web Design
, a Hobart-based web design company, for his meticulous work in creating this website. If you need a web designer, we highly recommend John. Tasmanian Inquirer
is grateful for legal support from Vanessa Bleyer and her team at Bleyer Lawyers
, based in Launceston and Melbourne.
Author photos are courtesy of Rob Blakers from Rob Blakers Photography