John Griffiths to edit

Digital editor John Griffiths. Photo by Cole Bennetts

Digital editor John Griffiths. Photo by Cole Bennetts 

ONE of Canberra’s best-known digital journalists, John Griffiths, has been appointed editor of

“CityNews” editor, Ian Meikle, welcomed the appointment saying : “John Griffiths has a masterful understanding of internet publishing , which he applies with professionalism and enormous good humour. I know readers will really enjoy the difference on our website under his leadership.”

Universally known by his “johnboy” handle, Griffiths was the founder of the RiotACT website which he says he started in late 2000 to win an argument with his girlfriend, “only to discover there are worse things in life than losing those sorts of arguments”.

After three years cavorting with Nordic backpackers in the less reputable parts of the world, Griffiths returned to Australia in 1997 and found himself working in the Parliamentary Press Gallery for the internet pioneering Capital Monitor news service.

“Having learnt a valuable, albeit painful and expensive, lesson in the perils of diluting founders’ equity, ending in the liquidation of RiotACT, I’m joining full of enthusiasm for working with a bigger team,” he says.

Contact him at



12 Responses to “John Griffiths to edit”

  1. JessP
    April 5, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

    Yah Johnbo…. John! Great to see you are at City News. I am now definitely a subscriber now!

  2. luke
    April 4, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

    Congrats John! Will definitely be a regular on the City News now.

  3. VED
    April 3, 2014 at 3:28 pm #

    Happy to see John Griffith steering the City News ship. Congratulations John! I look forward to reading your articles and analysis.

  4. Murray Watson
    April 2, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

    Great to see John Boi using his real name. For years he has been making comments from the sideline, trolling and smashing peoples lives

    • John Griffiths
      John Griffiths
      April 2, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

      G’day Murray.

      My real name was always available when posting with RiotACT.



  5. Declan Keating
    April 1, 2014 at 11:28 pm #

    Canberra related articles, a comments section, and johnboy.

    I think that calls for a bookmark!

  6. Solomon
    April 1, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

    John-boy – is that a reference to the narrator/ main character of ‘The Waltons’ – if so, great moniker for a budding editor of this small town rag!

  7. Raphael
    March 31, 2014 at 9:46 pm #

    Great to hear! Best of luck to John and CityNews both.

  8. Dan W
    March 31, 2014 at 8:04 pm #

    Fantastic move by CityNews. Hope John can grow it’s online presence into as much of a valuable resource as the RiotACT.

  9. Stanza Matic
    March 31, 2014 at 4:22 pm #

    Never heard of him, but he looks intelligent.


  10. Chris
    March 31, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

    Welcome. Good to hear johnboy did not go down with the ship.

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