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.

Kerrod Trott
Publisher and Editor, Westender

 

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Stellar Lineup for Politics in the Pub

Stellar Lineup for Politics in the Pub

The second community forum organized by the Westender newspaper and the West End Community Association will focus on independent publishing and citizen journalism, and features a panel of independent publishers from across the ideological spectrum who will share their experiences and offer their guidance on how we all get our news. According to Kerrod Trott, editor and publisher of the …Read more.

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Bent Books

Dentists doing their bit for the needy

On World Oral Health Day, Friday 20th March 2015, the National Dental Foundation held a Day of Action to help raise awareness of the NDF’s mission in helping those less fortunate, and to help highlight the dental community’s involvement in philanthropic endeavours in local communities around Australia. As part of the National Day of Action, a mobile clinic attended Campbell’s …Read more.

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West End speaks out for Closing the Gap

Closing the Gap in West End

Unseasonal hot weather did not deter a crowd estimated at more than 200 people gathering in the small park in Boundary Street on Thursday 19th March to commemorate Close the Gap Day, and to add their voices to a nation-wide call for stronger action to Close the Gap on indigenous health outcomes. A collaboration between Micah Projects and Oxfam, the …Read more.

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TWC

Hot Hot Hot – and the Cyclones keep coming

It's time to talk about climate change and extreme weather, says Queensland Conservation Council. Queensland has experienced another heatwave, with most places across Queensland reaching over 30 degrees Celsius. Birdsville and Boulia will hit 45 and 44 degrees respectively. Ipswich broke the hottest March day ever topping 39 degrees. This comes at a time when Far North Queensland Residents is …Read more.

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Keeping your conversations private

Keeping your conversations private

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlmYHbg5i_w The government’s proposed bill allowing a broad collection of metadata puts everyone’s privacy at risk. Metadata (video) will not reveal the content of your communication, but it help with connecting the dots to easily infer what you are communicating and with whom. After the revelations made by Snowden it is easy to see why many have just given up …Read more.

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Helen A

Double whammy for disabled workers

Lawyers for disabled workers are urging cross-bench senators to vote against an unfair payment scheme. Law firm Maurice Blackburn, which is representing up to 10,000 intellectually disabled workers in a class action to recover back pay, is urging cross-bench senators to reject a bill that would further disadvantage these vulnerable workers. Under the Federal Government’s Business Services Wage Assessment Tool …Read more.

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“impossible timeline” for legal aid reforms

“impossible timeline” for legal aid reforms

The National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC) has written to the Commonwealth Government, expressing major concerns about proposed reforms to funding of legal assistance services and particularly the timetable for change. The Commonwealth Government confirmed this week that it proposes to change the funding model and process for allocating funds for Community Legal Centres (CLCs). The Commonwealth is proposing …Read more.

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Micah

Celebrate Neighbor Day Sunday 29 March

With less than two weeks till Neighbor Day, Australians everywhere are preparing to celebrate their community on Sunday, 29 March. Relationships Australia, the new home for Neighbor Day, is asking people to tell their story of a wonderful neighbor or an extraordinary neighborly act. There is a prize pool of more than $1000 to be won for the best stories …Read more.

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