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New Australian news site Global Mail launches

One of the world’s best funded independent journalism projects today launched in Australia.

The Global Mail is the brainchild of former ABC journalist and Media Watch presenter Monica Attard.

It has been funded at around $3m-$4m per year by philanthropist Graeme Wood.   

Also on the senior team is former Time Inc editor Jane Nicholls as CEO.

Global Mail’s slogan is “Our audience is our only agenda”.

Attard said: “Our mission is to deliver quality, non-partisan, uncompromising and fearlessly independent journalism for independent minds.

“We’re taking a step back from the breathless, 24/7 news cycle to think, research, inform, provoke and entertain, gloriously unfettered by commercial and other pressures that conventionally shape news and current affairs.”

Although mainly staffed by Australian journalists, The Global Mail aims to take a global outlook.

Attard said:  “We are tackling Australian affairs on the basis that we are part of a world community, with our culture, politics, economy and daily lives bound up with the ebb and flow of international affairs.”

Although Wood has guaranteed funding for the venture for the next five years, Nicholls said: “We know we are incredibly lucky to be funded purely to do the best journalism we possibly can, with no commercial pressures. Graeme Wood has generously given us our start; it will be up to us to find innovative ways to tap revenue streams to build our future. Especially given the current media climate in this country, we are passionately committed to remaining free of any commercial interests and also of any influence, perceived or otherwise. We will happily let our audience judge us on those terms.”

The Global Mail will also have d0mestic specialist writers in national affairs; economics and business; science, technology and the environment; arts, culture and religion; and social affairs.

There is also a three-person investigative team.  “We will take issues of significant public interest and examine them forensically from every applicable perspective — political, regulatory, social, economic and otherwise. We’ll shine a bright light where vested interests may not want it shone,” said Attard.

The Global Mail’s design is by Josephmark and the website was built by Wood’s digital agency Hunted Media, both Brisbane-based firms.

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