Last Saturday, a brand spankin’ new paper hit Melbourne’s newsstands.
The Saturday Paper, produced by Black Inc owner Morry Schwartz (of The Quarterly Essay and The Monthly fame), promises to dedicate itself to quality narrative journalism and offer ‘the biggest names and best writing in news, culture, and analysis, with a particular focus on Australia’. Its editor is Erik Jensen, a 25-year-old former Fairfax journalist who apparently shares Schwartz’s passion for print media.
When I walked into my local newsagent on the weekend to buy a copy of the first edition, they had all sold out. For the paper’s sake, I hope my disappointment was repeated many times over. In this gloomy age of crumbling newspapers, it would be lovely to see this new project fly.
A full yearly subscription to The Saturday Paper — which includes print edition home delivery, iPad and iPhone apps, and full online access — will cost you $99; a six-month subscription is $69.95. For a taste of the sort of content on offer, you can read three articles for free per week at The Saturday Paper‘s website.
Hopefully I’ll beat the news-hungry hoards and get my hands on a copy this Saturday. Wish me luck.