Crikey announces lineup for investigative journalism platform, INQ

Crikey has announced the 12 journalists who will make up its investigative journalism department, INQ.

The launch of the platform was revealed earlier this year, as Crikey owner Private Media announced backing from shareholders John B Fairfax and Cameron O’Reilly.

Private Media chairman and editor-in-chief Eric Beecher told Mumbrella in February that the plan had been in the works for several years.

Former chief of staff and producer for The Project, Lauren Molan, has been announced as editor of INQ, running the team across four locations over three states. She will be based in Melbourne.

Suzanne Smith holds the role of consulting editor, based out of Sydney. She is a six-time Walkley Award winner and has worked as a supervising producer on Foreign Correspondent, editor at the ABC Investigations Unit and spent 15 years as a producer and reporter for Lateline.

Ex-ABC reporter David Hardaker also joins the team after years reporting for Four Corners and Foreign Correspondent among others. He will be covering legal affairs and crime for INQ.

Former Chaser, The Checkout and The Feed producer and host Kirsten Drysdale will cover rural and regional affairs, ex-The Age journalist Georgia Wilkins will cover business and consumer affairs, ABC investigative reporter Jennine Khalik will be covering issues related to security, intelligence and disinformation and 2018 Jacoby-Walkley scholarship winner Amber Schultz will cover health.

Justine Landis-Hanley, Emily Watkins, Chris Woods, Kishor Napier-Raman and Charlie Lewis also join the team.

According to the INQ website, the platform’s mission will be to ‘dig, question, probe, analyse and scrutinise relentlessly and without fear or favour’. The first stories are set to hit inboxes at the end of June.

The site also states that INQ will be ‘unshackled for convention’ and that length and format will not be relevant to the reporting, the only thing that will matter is the truth.

INQ will also be completely transparent about its funding, allowing consumers to see where the money comes from behind the site.

Currently the platform has two subscription options, an annual fee of $207 with two months free or a monthly charge of $17.99. It also states concessions are available. A subscription will give consumers access to both Crikey and INQ.


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