Jul 31, 2013

A country practice: how bush newspapers might outsmart metros

The digital transition has hit country newspapers particularly hard. But some publications are thriving when metro counterparts aren't, reports journalist Gabrielle Chan at The Citizen.

My introduction to the world of country newspapers came in the form of an indignant, well-dressed woman in a smart green suit who threatened me with dire consequences if I dared to print a story about her driving mishap. Although I was unaware of her little main street bingle, she was fuming in anticipation of some unwanted publicity in the Harden Express.

The Express is a weekly, and I was its recently appointed reporter, subeditor and editor all-in-one, putting to bed eight to 12 pages every Thursday before setting about to clean the office toilet and vacuum the floor.

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2 thoughts on “A country practice: how bush newspapers might outsmart metros

  1. Simon

    Bob Yeates seems to think homophobia sells his papers, judging by the Advertiser’s recent anti-gay and anti-trans editorials

  2. Steve Walsh

    “the Rural Press empire swallowed up by Fairfax Media in 2007”?

    Those there at the time remember it differently.

    Ask David Kirk who swallowed up whom.

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