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Chris Graham to take over New Matilda

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Chris Graham

Independent news outlet New Matilda has come back from the brink of closure for the second time with investigative journalist Chris Graham to take over as editor of the website.

As Mumbrella reported last week New Matilda faced closure after its editor Marni Cordell revealed it was failing to make enough money to sustain itself from user subscriptions, and was facing closure unless someone suitable stepped up to take it on.

Cordell, who has since been appointed Crikey editor, said in a post on the website that she was pleased to be handing it over adding: “Chris stood out among a handful of potential successors because he has a clear vision for NM and a strong track record as an investigative journalist.

“He’s not planning to change the basic ingredients that make NM what it is — but he will be adding his own flavour, as well as upping the quota of Aboriginal affairs coverage.”

Graham is a former editor of the National Indigenous Times and has more recently edited the NSW Aboriginal Land Council’s Tracker Magazine, which is an online and print publication.

“Chris has worked in the media for more than two decades, he’s won a Walkley, been raided by the AFP over leaked cabinet documents, and launched two national publications focussing on Aboriginal issues — the National Indigenous Times and Tracker,” she wrote.

“I think he’s a great fit for NM, and I’m confident you will too. Chris plans to start publishing next week. You’ll be hearing more from him on his plans for the site soon.”

Nic Christensen 

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