I pay $US2 per month to Old Reader where I see all you blog posts, pron from selected links, news stories that I am following and much more. It was once free, but for US$2 per month, it is very good value.
Aside from my previous $100 donation to The Guardian newspaper online in Australia, there is only one substantial thing of real money I pay for and that is my subscription to The Age. It costs around $25 per month. I can read the paper on my desktop, tablet and phone. It would cost nearly $100 per month if I bought the hard copy paper each day, and for the $25 per month, I also have access to the Sydney Morning Herald, Brisbane Times, WA Today, The Canberra Times and of no interest to me, The Australian Financial Review.
I can read so much on the net without paying and at times I get annoyed with The Age and think I might drop my subscription. Every so often The Age sends me an email with a promotion of something, usually something for rich people, something about arts, or movers and shakers in society, none of which is of interest to me.
But then this email arrived from an Age respected journalist. Ok, it is not personal, but it is makes the point that my world and society would be very degraded without The Age, and the larger Fairfax Press. I am happy to support good journalism with my subscription to The Age, for now.
|Hi Andrew,For over 35 years as a political reporter, I’ve analysed budgets, interviewed prime ministers and predicted the GFC. I’ve exposed secret negotiations between Australia and Indonesia, been called ‘Rudd’s mate’ and labelled ‘a partisan propagandist for the West against the Rest.'|
I’m not here to win popularity contests. You don’t reveal the truth in Australian or international politics by playing it safe and not offending people. And to do that, you need a platform and subscribers like you, who believe in telling it the way it is.
Your support since 2015 is the reason I, and my fellow journalists, can stay on the front line where stories break, reputations are made and nations are shaped.
Thanks to you, we can do our job without fear or favour.