Who in their right mind would want to be an independent newspaper publisher? I've been doing it for thirty years or so and I can assure you it's not much fun.
(I tried being the Town Drunk for a while, too, but I had to give it up as the competition was too intense and my health wasn't up to it.)
A deep-seated detestation of the dumb and depraved Australian media scene (as well as a love of alliteration) prompted me to start publishing in the first place, but you'd think I'd have gotten it out of my system by now. One can only be a voice crying in the wilderness for so long.
What motivates perfectly normal people, with good jobs and promising career prospects, to chuck it all in and take on the monopolistic, monolithic, mainstream Murdoch media in Australia? (Whoops - did it again.) Why do we think it'll make any difference?
How will independent newspapers survive in the new media landscape, where more and more people are getting their news online, and the local newspaper seems to be becoming a relic of the past?
I don't know. So, to help me find out, I've invited a bunch of other independent publishers to a Politics in the Pub community forum on Wednesday 1st April here in West End.
The panel of speakers includes publishers from across the political spectrum, from the Green Left Weekly to our glossy local lifestyle mag West End Magazine, and from the hard-hitting Independent Australia to Byron Bay's delightful Verandah Magazine.
The bar will be open, the speakers are dedicated to their chosen professions, and it should be a fascinating evening of debate and discussion.
Details of the event are in the story below.
Cheers, and hope to see you there.
Publisher and Editor, Westender