Note: Delimiter ceased publishing new articles in September 2016. The site remains online for archival purposes.
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 and local consumer technology launches. We leave coverage of international stories to those overseas. Our audience is primarily Australian chief information officers, IT professionals, tech policymakers and tech enthusiasts.
Delimiter’s editorial style is a mix of news, opinion, analysis, features and product reviews, but we’re not strictly bound by any of these elements in quite the same way as traditional news sites such as those which might be operated by newspapers. We’re something a little bit more complex — a modern new media community. And often readers feel the discussion under articles to be more valuable than the articles themselves.
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 was founded in 2010 by then-Australian journalist and writer Renai LeMay. You can read Renai’s article on why he started Delimiter. Renai has since left Delimiter to advance his personal interest in the project management and governance of digital transformation projects.
You can read about the history of Delimiter in a chapter in a 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)