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For those unfamiliar with the newspapers on offer in Melbourne, here’s a quick rundown:

The Age newspaper was founded in 1854 and is Melbourne’s only broadsheet daily newspaper. It is owned and published by Fairfax Media and shares a lot of its content with The Sydney Morning Herald, also a Fairfax publication. The current editor-in-chief is Paul Ramadge.


The Herald Sun is Melbourne’s other daily newspaper. Founded in 1990 after the merger of two other papers, the Herald Sun is a tabloid paper owned by News Limited and has the highest circulation of any daily newspaper in Australia. The current editor-in-chief is Simon Pristel.

The Australian is the country’s only national daily print newspaper. Established in 1964, the paper is in broadsheet format and is also owned by News Limited (this Rupert Murdoch-owned company publishes around 70% of Australia’s newspapers). The Australian‘s current editor-in-chief is Chris Mitchell.

There are also a couple online news sources that are handy to know about.

Crikey is an online media news site founded by journalist Stephen Mayne. According to its stated mission, Crikey ‘reveals how the powerful operate behind the scenes, and it tackles the stories insiders are talking about but other media can’t or won’t cover’. Some of the most interesting content from Crikey is their news and analysis of the media itself. The current editor is Sophie Black.

The newly founded Global Mail is an independent, not-for-profit news and features website that focuses on quality long-form journalism. It has already recruited some of the big names of Australian journalism, making this an exciting new development in the country’s media landscape. The site is overseen by an editorial advisory committee, and the current managing editor is Monica Attard. Keep an eye on this one.

For more long-form journalism, check out last month’s post on The Monthly magazine.


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