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“Should an alternative source of easy access to such diverse daily information be found, the press will fold.” The incongruity in that business model – profits from ads for jobs, houses and cars bankrolling the...

as it rolled off the giant Goss presses that lined the bowels of the paper’s building.

I had just written my first by-lined story on the front page of the newspaper then regarded as the best in Australia, and as an ambitious young reporter I was too impatient to wait until the next morning to see it in print.

“Should an alternative source of easy access to such diverse daily information be found, the press will fold.” The incongruity in that business model – profits from ads for jobs, houses and cars bankrolling the journalism that is vital to a functioning democracy – took several decades to play out.

In a small robust democracy with relatively little commercial quality journalism, it has the makings of a civic catastrophe.

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