Mar 3, 2014

The Saturday Paper hits newsstands: it’s good, but is it enough?

Publisher Morry Schwartz said The Saturday Paper will have the first and last word. But the editors Crikey spoke to say that isn't the case ... at least not yet.

Myriam Robin — Media Reporter

Myriam Robin

Media Reporter

“A good story has either the first word or the last word. This newspaper will have both.”


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14 thoughts on “The Saturday Paper hits newsstands: it’s good, but is it enough?

  1. Superdry

    Miriam makes a few good points. I didn’t bother reading the first two stories as I had read it all by the time the paper was out. Leading with something on Ukraine (yes, hindsight = 20/20) or another geopolitical story might have gotten a read from me on Saturday morning. Of course, I am not a media guy so I have limited say on this issue.

    The rest of the paper was ok, but I would have appreciated actually receiving it rather than going online (no delivery was made).

    Growing pains I guess.

  2. Superdry

    *Myriam (sorry)

  3. Trevor Small

    But once again Adelaide misses out. Enquired at two newsagents, who had never even heard of it. Surely you could afford a little wee promo and 50 copies for SA?

  4. wayne robinson

    Do you mean that the article by Richard Flanagan was satirical? Do you mean that Australia didn’t win at Gallipoli?

    I’ve subscribed for the 12 months – whether it will last that long is a moot point. I wouldn’t bother to walk down to the newsagent to get a copy (but then again, I wouldn’t do that for the local newspaper either), preferring to get the digital edition.

  5. Russell

    I deliver papers to cafes in Sydney’s hipster belt, and quite a few had The Saturday Paper proudly on display. Though long form journalism is a tough ask for a café read (tho many do, you are not supposed to take their copies away). Even hipsters have shortened attention spans nowdays, and anyway most like to fiddle with their phones or stare coolly into space.

    I paid for one, and read it later. Yes it was inner city “clubby.” 15 years of hand wringing about refugees has produced nothing but hardened hearts and an Australia that now wants to look the other way. Many will glance at that front page and instinctively avoid. Only “the club” will pay $3 to have their beliefs reinforced (yet again).

    And here’s a pet peeve. Why have Christos Tsioklas as a film reviewer? Ok, so he’s a name and can spin a good yarn, but he chose a film which had opened 3 weeks ago (get on the media list for previews, mate!) and proceeded to give the entire plot away. Then finished it off with a blow-by-blow description of the final scene.

    Thanks Christos… Don’t have to see that one, then!

  6. leon knight

    I will offer my support with a subscription, even though it was a bit light on for content…..
    Crikey, I miss the National Times…have not regularly read print ever since..!!

  7. Kevin Herbert

    The Monthly is a reproduction of the the former making money?..or is it a hollow attempt to achieve social cachet via the media for its proprietor.

    The Saturday Paper will sink without trace…unless of course its losses are covered by the proprietor.

    Such vanity…but he’s paying, so who cares.

  8. AR

    Not wildly impressed but I shall give it a month or so. Manus was old and indistinguishable from daily reportage.Marr was fun but again, old & a rehash of his Essay.The best was Flanagan though I fear that it may give the government ideas.
    The Nation Review in the early to mid 70s managed to be up to the minute, cutting edge and still had deep think pieces.
    However, a paper that has a cryptic crossword by Mungo MaCallum is worth supporting. I heard this week that the Sainted One is seriously ill and hope that it isn’t true.

  9. Bob the builder

    What exactly was the point of asking editors and journoes of competing publications what they thought of this new publication? And the SMH ‘weighty’ – it’s a big bundle of dead wood, but there’s rarely much in it worth reading.
    I read Crikey to hear a fresh and original take on things – not the media talking to itself. You can all do that with each other down the pub on a Saturday night and leave the rest of us to think about more interesting things.

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