THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD (SMH) is a daily compact newspaper
* 1 Overview * 2 History * 3 Political viewpoint
* 4 Notable contributors
* 4.1 Notable illustrators
* 5 Ownership
* 6 Content
* 6.1 Column 8 * 6.2 Opinion * 6.3 Good Weekend
* 7 Digitisation * 8 See also * 9 References * 10 Further reading * 11 External links
* The Guide (television) on Monday * Good Food (food) and Domain (real estate) on Tuesday * Money (personal finance) on Wednesday * Drive (motor), Shortlist (entertainment) on Friday * News Review, Spectrum (arts and entertainment guide), Domain (real estate), Drive (motoring) and MyCareer (employment) on Saturday
According to Roy Morgan Research Readship Surveys, in the twelve months to March 2011, the paper was read 766,000 times on Monday to Friday, and read 1,014,000 times on Saturdays. The Audit Bureau of Circulations 's audit on newspaper circulation states that in December 2013 an average of 132,000 copies were sold, Monday to Friday, and 228,000 copies on Saturday, both having declined 16% in 12 months. By February 2016, average circulation had fallen to 104,000.
Concerning the newspaper's website smh.com.au, third-party web analytics providers Alexa and SimilarWeb rate the site as the 17th and 32nd most visited website in Australia respectively, as of July 2015. SimilarWeb rates the site as the fifth most visited news website in Australia and as the 42nd newspaper's website globally, attracting more than 15 million visitors per month.
The editor is Lisa Davies. Former editors include Darren Goodsir, Judith Whelan, Sean Aylmer, Peter Fray, Amanda Wilson (the first female editor, appointed in 2011), William Curnow , Andrew Garran , Frederick William Ward , Charles Brunsdon Fletcher , Colin Bingham, Max Prisk, John Alexander, Paul McGeough , Alan Revell and Alan Oakley
The cover of the newspaper's first edition, on 18 April 1831
In 1831 three employees of the now-defunct
During the decade 1890, Donald Murray worked there.
The 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.
In 1995, the company launched the newspaper's web edition smh.com.au.
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
In May 2007,
In July 2013 it was announced that the SMH's news director, Darren Goodsir, would become Editor-in-Chief, replacing Sean Aylmer.
On 22 February 2014, the final Saturday edition was produced in broadsheet format with this too converted to compact format on 1 March 2014. ahead of the decommissioning of the printing plant at Chullora in June 2014.
Historically, the SMH was a conservative newspaper. It did not
Australian Labor Party
2004 Australian federal election
The newspaper has in recent years attempted to spearhead political
campaigns, including the "Campaign for Sydney" (planning and
transport) and "
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* Simon Letch has been named as one of the year's best illustrators 4 times by the National Museum of Australia (NMA).
Fairfax 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 in a Fairfax family member, John B. Fairfax, as a significant player in the company.
COLUMN 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
The 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.
The 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
It 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, Pat Sheil, and briefly, Peter Bowers and Lenore Nicklin. The column is, as of March 2017, edited by Tim Barlass.
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 presents work by
regular columnists, including Herald political editor
It contains, on average, four feature articles written by its stable of writers and others syndicated from overseas as well as sections on food, wine and fashion.
Writers include Stephanie Wood, Jane Cadzow, Melissa Fyfe, Tim Elliott, Konrad Marshall and Amanda Hooton.
Other sections include "Modern Guru", which features humorous columnists including Danny Katz responding to the everyday dilemmas of readers; a regular column by writer Benjamin Law ; a Samurai Sudoku ; and "The Two Of Us", containing interviews with a pair of close friends, relatives or colleagues.
Good Weekend is edited by Amelia Lester. Previous editors include Ben Naparstek , Judith Whelan and Fenella Souter.
The paper has been partially digitised as part of the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program project of the National Library of Australia .
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