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Sydney Morning Herald next to "Recycling Girl'
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smh.com.au No. 1 spot for news - 6th March 2008
The Sydney Morning Herald)
Herald's website, smh.com.au, has regained its mantle
as the top news destination on the internet for Australians,
knocking the PBL Media portal ninemsn into second
place for the first time since July last year.
Nielsen//NetRatings data for February shows that smh.com.au
defeated ninemsn for the first time in all three key
measures - monthly domestic unique browsers (UBs),
page impressions and average daily unique browsers
- in the news and weather category.
to the internet industry ratings, smh.com.au attracted
388,129 average daily UBs, 4.2 million monthly UBs
and a total of 140 million page views in February.
had 366,047 daily UBs, 3.8 million monthly UBs and
49 million page views last month.
July ninemsn for the first time conceded first place
to smh.com.au in monthly domestic unique browsers.
when looking at average daily unique browsers, ninemsn
was still ahead of smh.com.au then, according to Nielsen//NetRatings.
It was only in the monthly figures, the preferred
method for media owners and analysts, that smh.com.au
claimed the top news site spot.
Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) is a daily broadsheet
newspaper published by Fairfax Media in Sydney, Australia.
Founded in 1831 as the Sydney Herald, the SMH is the
oldest continuously published newspaper in Australia.
The newspaper is published six days a week. The newspaper's
Sunday counterpart, The Sun-Herald, is published in
tabloid format. It is available at outlets in Sydney,
regional New South Wales, Canberra and South East
Queensland (Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast).
Sydney Morning Herald is historically credited with
High standards of journalism. In recent years it has
been accused of "dumbing down" and 'tabloidizing'
editorial content, with more space allocated to larger
photographs and lifestyle-based stories.
Saturday edition includes lift-out sections such as
News Review and arts and entertainment guide Spectrum.
The SMH publishes a variety of supplements, including
the magazines Good Weekend and the(sydney)magazine;
and the lift-outs The Guide (television), Good Living
(food), Essential (lifestyle), Money (personal finance)
and Metro (entertainment). The lift-outs Domain (real
estate), Drive (motoring) and MyCareer (employment)
are co-branded with Fairfax Media's online classified
advertising sites. Defunct sections include a dot-com
section called "Biz.com" published in the
late 1990s and a youth section called "Radar"
published in the early 2000s. In a cost-cutting drive,
editorial production of several of these sections
was outsourced in 2008.
2007 the paper sold an average of 212,700 copies per
weekday and an average 364,000 copies on Saturdays,
compared with its Sydney rival, The Daily Telegraph,
which sold an average of 392,000 copies per weekday
and 340,000 copies on Saturdays.
editor is Peter Fray. Former editors include Frederick
Ward, Charles Brunsdon Fletcher, Colin Bingham, Max
Prisk, John Alexander, Paul McGeough, Alan Revell
and Alan Oakley.
cover to the newspaper's first edition, on 18 April
Three employees of the now-defunct Sydney Gazette,
Ward Stephens, Frederick Stokes and William McGarvie,
founded The Sydney Herald in 1831. The four-page weekly
had a print run of 750. In 1840, the newspaper began
to publish daily. In 1841, an Englishman named John
Fairfax purchased the operation, renaming it The Sydney
Morning Herald the following year. Fairfax, whose
family were to control the newspaper for almost 150
years, based his editorial policies "upon principles
of candour, honesty and honour. We have no wish to
mislead; no interest to gratify by unsparing abuse
or indiscriminate approbation."
SMH was late to the trend of printing news rather
than just advertising on the front page, doing so
from 15 April 1944. Of the country's metropolitan
dailies, only The West Australian was later in making
the switch. In 1949, the newspaper launched a Sunday
edition, The Sunday Herald. Four years later, this
was merged with the newly-acquired Sun newspaper to
create The Sun-Herald, which continues to this day.
1995, the company launched smh.com.au, the newspaper's
web edition. The site has since grown to include interactive
and multimedia features beyond the content in the
print edition. Around the same time, the organisation
moved from Jones Street to new offices at Darling
Park and built a new printing press at Chullora, in
the city's west. The SMH has since moved with other
Sydney Fairfax divisions to a building at Darling
Like its stablemate The Age, the Herald announced
in early 2007 that it would be moving from a broadsheet
format to the smaller "compact" size, in
the footsteps of The Times. Both the Age and the
Herald dumped these plans later in the year without
explanation, to the amusement of The Australian's
Chris Mitchell, who called the about-face "a
the SMH has been a conservative newspaper as evidenced
by the fact that it did not endorse the Australian
Labor Party at any election until 1984 or at a state
election until 2003. The newspaper has in recent years
attempted to spearhead political campaigns, including
the "Campaign for Sydney" (planning and
transport) and "Earth Hour" (environment).
a surprise move, the "Herald" declined to
endorse a party at the 2004 federal election, in line
with a decision that it would "no longer endorse
one party or another at election time". The newspaper
noted that the policy might yet be revised: "A
truly awful government of any colour, for example,
would bring reappraisal." The Herald subsequently
endorsed the conservative Coalition at the 2007 NSW
State election, but endorsed Labor at the 2007 and
2010 Federal elections.
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went public in 1957 and grew to acquire interests
in magazines, radio and television. The group collapsed
spectacularly on 11 December 1990 when Warwick Fairfax,
great-great-grandson of John Fairfax, attempted to
privatise the group by borrowing $1.8 billion. The
group was bought by Conrad Black before being re-listed
in 1992. In 2006, Fairfax announced a merger with
Rural Press, which brought a Fairfax family member,
John B. Fairfax, in as a significant player in the
8 is a short column to which Herald readers send their
observations of interesting happenings. It was first
published on 11 January 1947. The name comes from
the fact that it originally occupied the final (8th)
column of the broadsheet newspaper's front page. In
a front-page redesign in the lead-up to the Sydney
Olympic Games in 2000, Column 8 moved to the back
page of the first section from 31 July 2000.
content tends to the quirky, typically involving strange
urban occurrences, instances of confusing signs (often
in Engrish), word play, and discussion of more or
less esoteric topics.
column is also sometimes affectionately known as Granny,
after a fictional grandmother who supposedly edited
it. The old Granny logo was used for the first 20
years of the column and is occasionally resurrected
for a special retrospective. The logo was a caricature
of Sydney Deamer, originator of the column and its
author for 14 years.
was edited for 15 years by George Richards, who retired
on 31 January 2004. Other editors besides Deamer and
Richards have been Duncan Thompson, Bill Fitter, Col
Allison, Jim Cunningham, and briefly, Peter Bowers
and Lenore Nicklin. The column is currently edited
by Pat Sheil.
The Opinion section is a regular of the daily newspaper,
containing opinion on a wide range of issues. Mostly
concerned with relevant political, legal and cultural
issues, the section showcases work by regular columnists,
including Herald political columnist Phillip Coorey,
Paul Sheehan and Richard Ackland, as well occasional
by some for adopting a "liberal standpoint"
within general reporting, the Opinion section of the
Herald is often praised for its comparatively varied
ideological showcase. It often publishes articles
written by politicians from both sides of the political
spectrum, with former Treasurer, Peter Costello, current
Federal Minister for Social Inclusion and Human Services,
Tanya Plibersek, and Shadow Communications Minister,
Malcolm Turnbull all regular contributors.
Herald and its opinion section is in direct competition
with Sydney daily, The Daily Telegraph. The Telegraph
is considered a conservative paper, showing support
for the centre-right Australian coalition within both
the state and federal arenas. The Telegraph is a Murdoch-owned
Weekend is a liftout magazine that is distributed
with both The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age on
contains, on average, four feature articles written
by its stable of writers and syndicated from overseas
as well as sections on food, wine and fashion.
Writers include Mark Dapin, Janet Hawley, Amanda Hooton,
John van Tiggelen and Greg Bearup.
is one page dedicated to trivia: a section called
'Myth Conceptions' written by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki
contains interesting science facts, as well as a quiz
and statistics; "Your Time Starts Now" interviews
a range of well-known people.
sections include "Modern Guru", which features
humorous columnists including Danny Katz responding
to the everyday dilemmas of readers; a Samurai Sudoku;
and "The Two Of Us", containing interviews
with a pair of close friends, relatives or colleagues.
Weekend has been edited by Judith Whelan since 2004.
The deputy editor is Lauren Quaintance and the associate
editor is Cindy MacDonald. The previous editor was
Australian weekend magazines are included in The Australian
and the Sun-Herald newspapers as well as the (sydney)
magazine in The Sydney Morning Herald which is distributed
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