History of International Newspapers: The Age in Australia

About the International newspaper The Age published in Australia, history and information.

THE AGE (Melbourne, Australia)

The Past. The Age was established in Melbourne in 1854 by the Cooke brothers--John and Henry. Two years later, Ebenezer Syme bought it for pound 2,000, and soon his brother David got into the act and took it over. It was David who "made" the paper. Fearless and liberal, a personality boy, he brought circulation from 2,000 in 1860 to 38,000 in 1879. When he died in 1908 at the age of 80, he left the paper in trust to his 5 sons.

By 1975, circulation had reached 210,000, most of it in the state of Victoria (where Melbourne is located).

The Present. Though The Age is somewhat a defender of tradition, it probably should be considered a liberal--but not very--newspaper. It has a world view, rather than a regional one, and considers itself "one of the world's top 7 newspapers." However, it also emphasizes its home city and the state of Victoria. Its impact on public opinion is considerable. As one newspaperman says, The Age "for more than half a century has frightened the life out of most politicians." Throughout the world, The Age is thought of as the best window into Australian thinking.

The Age's editors are conservative on social issues and avoid printing news that would offend the family reader. They claim that its readers are generally in the top 25% of the community in education and income.

Since not all the staff are university graduates when they begin working for the newspaper, some are put through a tough training program for the 1st 4 years of their employment. The new staff member is called "The Cadet" in the 1st year. He takes courses in shorthand and is enrolled at the University of Melbourne for a 3-year part-time course for which he receives a Diploma of Journalism. At the end of his apprenticeship, he is considered a trained journalist. The staff numbers over 1,000.

The Age is famous for its classified advertising; sometimes, in the Saturday edition, classified ads cover 70-80 pages. The news is written "straight," without editorial interpretation, in American rather than European style. On Thursday, the paper includes a television/radio guide; on Tuesdays and Thursdays, there is a special children's section. Physically, The Age has a modern lively look.

Scoops. The Age was the 1st newspaper to publish complete reports of the Prime Minister's press conferences. (The Age was Prime Minister Robert Menzie's favorite paper, in spite of the fact that it often attacked him.)

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