Recently I reflected on 12 months in news for an awards submission for The Examiner, which had me thinking about what the next 12 months look like for this masthead.
In the awards submission, I told the story of our newsroom or Tasmania's first newspaper.
At first glance, we may look like an ordinary office where the forks go missing in the kitchen and the temperature is never quite right.
Yet our crew of about 30 staff, including journalists, photographers and editorial support, transforms and entertains our community through their storytelling abilities.
The past 12 months The Examiner has preempted political moments that the Premier didn't even see coming, told stories that Tasmanian law told us couldn't be told and we have been so far ahead of the news that we were the ones that told the Justice Department they had incorrectly released a prisoner.
When the nation was stunned by the Bourke Street terror attack, our Launceston-based journalist led the coverage that was picked up by national media including The Age and earned the journalist the title of Best News Story in Tasmania.
Our campaigns helped to raise more than $150,000 for local charities, secured bipartisan support for a long-awaited defence precinct and placed continual pressure on the state government to improve budget allocation for preventative health and improved mental health services.
Over the next couple of weeks I will highlight the work of our hardworking journalists. Please let us know what you would like our next 12 months to look like. Is there an issue you would examined? A campaign to improve an area of region? A series or subject you would like us to delve into?
Send us an email to email@example.com and let us know. I look forward to hearing from you.
Join the circus for a night
We have two double passes valued at $119 to give away to Rock Bang, a performance presented by Circus Oz. The show is on July 20 at the Princess Theatre at 7.30pm.
You've got to be in it to win it. Enter here.
Until next week,