With Two Hours Left, We Made New Matilda History!


New Matilda has marked up a major milestone in it’s 12th year of publishing… we’ve finally secured an actual real life fair dinkum contributor’s budget!

Thanks to the support of our readers, this afternoon we reached our crowdsourcing goal on Pozible of $25,000, with a few hours to spare (it closes at 10pm tonight).

The money will be used to pay Amy McQuire, Michael Brull, Jessie and Clare Stephens and Liam McLoughlin to file regular columns for NM.

Granted, it’s only enough to cover the first quarter of 2016, and the writers’ fees are still what we call in the business ‘lousy’, but it still represents a major advance for a small independent outlet that has long relied on freebies for most of its copy.

And we’ll still be relying primarily on freebies… the overwhelming majority of our writers (and our staff) contribute their writing and time for nothing. But we’re proud to say that five of the most exciting and talented young writers in the country will actually be getting paid for their work. Small steps.

Thanks to all the readers who contributed, shared our fundraising posts, and egged us along. Oh… and there’s still a couple of hours left on the campaign if you missed out on the opportunity to part with some of your cash!


Chris Graham is the publisher and editor of New Matilda. He is the former founding managing editor of the National Indigenous Times and Tracker magazine. In more than three decades of journalism he's had his home and office raided by the Australian Federal Police; he's been arrested and briefly jailed in Israel; he's reported from a swag in Outback Australia on and off for years. Chris has worked across multiple mediums including print, radio and film. His proudest achievement is serving as an Associate producer on John Pilger's 2013 film Utopia. He's also won a few journalism awards along the way in both the US and Australia, including a Walkley Award, a Walkley High Commendation and two Human Rights Awards. Since late 2021, Chris has been battling various serious heart and lung conditions. He's begun the process of quietly planning a "gentle exit" after "tying up a few loose ends" in 2024 and 2025. So watch this space.