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At Delimiter we’re passionate about just two things: Technology and Australia.
We exclusively cover technology in the Australian context — including enterprise IT case studies, the IT industry, telecommunications and digital rights, as well as important local consumer technology launches. Unlike most comparable sites, we leave coverage of international stories to those overseas. Our audience is primarily Australian chief information officers, IT managers, IT professionals and early technology adopters.
In terms of our editorial style, Delimiter is not a traditional news site such as that which might be operated by a newspaper; but we’re not a purely opinion-based site either. And although we do reviews, we’re not a pure reviews house. Our style contains all of these elements and more, but we’re not bound by any of them. Delimiter is something more complex. The best words that could describe what we do are “blog” and also “community”. We have a sophisticated Code of Ethics, based on media and journalist industry standards, which guides our operations.
Delimiter articles can be quite influential and are regularly quoted in Australia’s halls of power — from the floors of Federal and State Parliaments to boardrooms and the offices of chief executives. We attempt to maintain strong connections with important players and organisations in the nation’s technology sector — while remaining independent from all.
The site is published by LeMay & Galt Media, a Sydney-based publishing house established in January 2010 by well-known Australian journalist and writer Renai LeMay. Renai is the main writer, but Delimiter regularly features other contributors. You can read Renai’s article on why he started Delimiter. In addition, you can read about the history of Delimiter in a chapter in a recent book by Australian journalism academic Margaret Simons entitled What’s Next in Journalism: New Media Entrepreneurs Tell Their Stories. A segment from the chapter on Delimiter:
“LeMay sees himself as an advocate for his readers’ interests, as well as a reporter. ‘I represent their views to the powerful people who guide events in the technology sector; I speak with the readers’ voice.’ Traditional journalism, he says, is ‘telling people what is happening from up on high’. He, on the other hand, is more like ‘a local neighbourhood journalist that they always feel they can approach’.
The name ‘Delimiter’ is a technology term which you might have heard referred to in the context of databases, which we found particularly appropriate in the context of the evolving nature of the online news stream. Wikipedia states: “A delimiter is a sequence of one or more characters used to specify the boundary between separate, independent regions in plain text or other data streams.”
Delimiter and its founder have been written about by various media outlets. You can find a few of these listed here:
- Journo launches tech newswire Delimiter in bid to challenge AAP (Mumbrella)
- Will Renai LeMay’s new media business model work? (Mumbrella)
- Q&A: Renai LeMay on going solo and launching a news service (Australian Anthill)
- Ex-ZDNet editor launches Australian technology news service (Digital Media)
- Renai LeMay on the launch of Delimiter (ITRadio)
- The Changing Face of the Australian Media Space (Margaret Gee’s Australian Media Guide)
- Rise of the journopreneur (The Walkley Magazine)
- The difference between advocacy and analysis (Media Watch)
- What’s Next in Journalism: New Media Entrepreneurs Tell Their Stories (book)
- Website crowd-funds NBN FOI request (The Sydney Morning Herald)