All posts tagged: news

The Saturday Paper

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. …

newsworthy workshop at the state library

  The State Library of Victoria will hold two free workshops on how to navigate the SLV’s Newspaper Reading Room. I’ve tried going it alone and it’s utterly confusing, so this workshop should be worth the time. The first workshop will be held this coming Tuesday. The second is on 2 October. Bookings are required.   Newsworthy Workshop Date: 20 August and 2 October 2013 Time: 10.15am — 12.15am Venue: State Library of Victoria Address: 328 Swanston St, Melbourne Damage: free  

The Guardian Australian edition launched

    This morning, an exciting event took place on Australia’s somewhat barren media landscape: The Guardian news organisation launched its digital Australian edition. Headed by editor-in-chief Katherine Viner (currently also The Guardian‘s deputy editor), the Guardian Australia team includes some impressive home-grown talents such as Lenore Taylor, David Marr and Katharine Murphy. Click here to read Viner’s welcome article in today’s Guardian. With around 70% of the Australia’s newspapers controlled by Rupert Murdoch’s News Limited and most of the rest owned by Fairfax, Australia’s media desperately needs to diversify. The more voices Australians can access, the better. So this Melbourne local welcomes you to Australia, Guardian. Please make yourself thoroughly at home.  

get smart

– – Today The Monthly magazine launched a new free daily called ‘PoliticOz’. As I have yet to actually see a PoliticOz posting, I’ll leave it up to The Monthly to explain this new project: PoliticOz delivers the best of Australian political writing and journalism to your inbox every weekday. It’s a selection of the day’s major stories, key quotes and essential commentary, as well as videos, interviews and the latest polls. A one-stop shop for followers of Australian politics, PoliticOz highlights the best of the nation’s top political sources, including newspapers, blogs, think tanks and new media. Knowing The Monthly, I think this could be a great new resource for anyone wanting to keep abreast of Australian politics. Register for PoliticOz here. – And while we’re on the subject, I may as well let you know about The Monthly‘s first daily. ‘The Shortlist Daily’ is a bite-sized newsletter showcasing a small handful of links to ‘the best reads from around the world’. (That should really be amended to ‘the best reads from the English-speaking world’, but no matter.) This …


— 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 …