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Croft's time up at Reckoner

By Craig Daveson in Media News on
Reckoner founder and co-editor James Croft has decided to step back from his work at the independent Aussie tech site.
 
Speaking to Influencing, Croft explained that he decided to take a break because he is soon to become a parent.
 
“Reckoner has always been my after-hours project (I have a full-time gig elsewhere) so it felt like the right time,” said Croft.
 
Reckoner first began in 2013 when Niche Media jettisoned staff from its MacTalk website, leading Croft, Peter Wells and Anthony Agius to form Reckoner.
 
At the time, Croft told ITJourno: “We're not chasing the breaking news scene… I think we'll do a very small amount of content compared to most other sites, but we will do it really well — they'll be big, they'll look good, they'll have personality and I hope they'll make you think.”
 
The prediction was not far off the mark either, as the Reckoner team quickly won its first Best Independent Media award at The Lizzies soon after. An achievement which Croft attributed in part to Anthony Agius who was contributing heavily at the time, and also listed as one of his own personal highlights from his time at Reckoner.
 
In more recent years, Raj Deut has been the most visible member of the Reckoner team, updating the site every week with news, reviews and podcasts.
 
“He’s done an outstanding job,” said Croft.
 
“I've just been hosting the podcast (which was the easy bit, to be honest). So if you're a PR person reading this you should get in contact with Raj, because he's one of the best indie consumer tech writers in Australia right now.”
 
James Croft is on Twitter at @jamescroft, and the Reckoner team can be reached via reckonerau@gmail.com.

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