Crikey editor Sophie Black
Crikey is looking for a new editor.
Current editor Sophie Black is leaving the publication to have a baby. She plans to return in a year, but not full time.
Amanda Gome, CEO of Private Media, the publisher of Crikey, told Mumbrella she was looking for an editor “to take the publication to the next level”.
An ad on Crikey describes the position as “one of the most creative roles in Australian journalism”.
“Sophie has done a fabulous job. Subscriptions and advertising have grown. Crikey is commercial stable. We’re profitable, but not massively profitable. We’re looking for an editor to take us to the next level,” Gome said.
Subscriptions for the site are up 11% year on year, while ad revenue has climbed by 22%, according to Gome. “We are proof that paywalls work,” she said.
The 12 year-old website is about to undergo a redesign to “contemporise” the site and more clearly define its various sections and the popular Power Index feature, Gome added.
Private Media has also bought two new servers in a bid to reduce Crikey’s down time.