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The Daily Maverick derives its name (as well as its attitude) from Maverick, a now-defunct business magazine launched in late 2005. When the parent company of Maverick closed its doors, just before the global financial crisis and its accompanying recession started to bite, the editorial team turned its attention online. This was the great new frontier where bold news teams deliver crucial information at startlingly fast speeds, right? Uhm, not quite.
When we finally recovered from the initial disappointment about the state of online offerings, we found only two minor problems with news and information websites, especially in South Africa: they serve neither readers nor advertisers.
There are a multitude of reasons why that is the case, and this is a subject on which we'll happily bore you all day if you're interested. It comes down to recent history (publishing houses putting techies rather than editors in charge of their websites), money (the wish to spend as little as possible on online content), technology (the wish to dazzle rather than serve the readers and advertisers) and, well, the idea that the rules of good journalism are not applicable online.
The answer to these problems is equally brief: learn from the past; build not only an entirely new
Thus was born, in the latter half of 2009, The Daily Maverick. It shares nothing but some employees and part of its name with the old Maverick magazine, but we like to think that readers can spot the continuation of the ethos from a mile away.
Since launching, we've gone on to win some of the biggest digital publishing awards in South