George came from a family of newspapermen, with a father, Chas, an uncle Len, and a brother, Dick in the trade before him. George was a journalist in Sydney for more than half a century and in his time, he was a sub-editor, a London correspondent, a Chief of staff, a cadet trainer and editor of Column 8 at Fairfax newspapers. But George Richards would help change newspapers forever, introducing computer systems which would revolutionise journalism culture. More…
eJournalist celebrates eleven years of publishing with an all women’s edition which examines communications culture.
The online journal, which is recognised by the Australian Research Council, provides free, open access to academic research. It aims to provide a global platform and a source for intellectuals interested in the future of journalism and communications.
Australia’s most prestigious newspaper group, Fairfax Media, this week moved to sack about eighty experienced sub-editors to outsource production and cut costs. The move followed share price falls resulting from from weak advertising markets, currency fluctuations and the impact of the internet on readership. It may have long term implications for the journalism culture which has sustained quality Fairfax newspapers.
Newspapers, like the automatic wrist watch or the big gun battleship, were inventions of the mechanical age. Journalists were at the front end of an information assembly line where reporters collected the raw materials, sub-editors refined it, lay out staff boilerplated the words together and printers manufactured the industrial out put. Newspapers were called “the daily miracle”.