The golden days of The Age for me in the late 80s had its Saturday edition weighing a tonne. In different sections there was the real estate section, the employment section, the motor car section, the lighter weekend reading, the arts and literary section, and in depth reporting and investigations in its news section. You could spend most of the weekend going through The Age, and in some ways back then, the Murdoch paper, The Australian wasn't half bad either if you overlooked some of the extreme right wingers. Fairfax Press, The Age and The SMH, exposed corruption at the highest levels, the criminal underworld, environmental disasters, extreme social disadvantage.......the list is long, but I have not seen much of that of late.
Fairfax press is a shadow of its former self, yet has such brilliant journalists such Kate McClymont who has taken on Sydney's underworld, crime and corruption and the highest level, and won, personally, publicly and before the courts. There are a couple of really good finger on the pulse reporters/editors in Melbourne too, who I follow on Twitter because I have such respect for them. I follow Kate, who also has a good sense of humour.
(Tip to Our ABC, snap up these first class journalists who will be in the future compromised at some point)
Kate, Clay and Adam.
I don't pay for much on the net, but I do pay for my subscription to the online Fairfax Press, around $25 per month. Channel 9, the new to be owner, has shown appalling behaviour over many years even though it has employed some very talented people, but they have pretty well gone now. The icing on the cake is that Peter Costello, a former conservative party treasurer, will be the big boss.
I am so sad. The Age educated me in so many ways, entertained me, and in spite of being a commercial newspaper with ads, never seemed biased or bought by anyone. It reported on its own dissolution without fear or favour when the paper fell from the hands of the very stupid Fairfax family. I feel awful for the journalists who I admire and respect, but I think I will cancel my subscription and donate at least half of my subscription to The Guardian, Australia. I just won't see the local car crash stories.
It is more important than ever that we have a thriving independent ABC, our government funded media, but 'not' at the beckon of government.
It is a very sad day in Australia.
PS, written off the cuff and unedited.