Aboriginal Australia resources - Newspapers
An online news clipping service which publishes articles mainly from the German Spiegel magazine. Topics are science, ecology and politics. Articles are updated with long intervals but date back until 1998. Good link collection in the "Bookmarks" section of news services, political and ecological news and for searching.
"AusMag wants to make the fascination of Australia tangible to German readers and highlight at the same time the environmental problems and research institutions with a critical eye." www.australien-news.de
The European Network for Indigenous Australian Rights (ENIAR) offers media clippings from Europe and Australia with a searchable archive dating back as far as 1997. The "Media Releases" section is also worthwhile a visit if you are looking for releases by European and Australian organisations. The "news sources" section has a wealth of links to Australian sources including emails and a list of addresses to turn to in Europe.
"ENIAR's aim is to promote awareness on indigenous issues and to provide information for Indigenous Australians about Europe and international organisations. We are [...] non profit-making and run entirely by volunteers." http://www.eniar.org/
"*The* Aboriginal publication you should not miss while in Australia," I was told, and it is. Published every fortnight since May 1991, The Koori Mail is an eastern-Australia focused, community-style newspaper where you can find news about local events, but it also covers Indigenous news of all Australia.
Their website offers short teasers to articles featured in the printed version. Overseas subscribtions are delivered by airmail. www.koorimail.com
The digital archive dating back to the fist edition is available at AIATSIS.
National Indigenous Times (NIT)
The National Indigenous Times is a small, independent publication produced and owned by a group of black and white Australians. It's been on the streets of Australia since February 2002 and is published once a fortnight. The National Indigenous Times has a nationwide circulation of over 12,000 copies and is available from more than 1,000 outlets around Australia. In September 2011 NIT started being published weekly, a first for a national weekly newspaper for Indigenous Australians.
The editors focus on politics and want to print "the harder stories that other media organisations won't touch". NIT exposes, sometimes mercilessly, how things are in Australian Indigenous politics, and some editions make your blood boil. On one occasion their editor was raided by police trying to find leaked documents "so they must be doing something right", as the Sydney City Hub remarks (vol.12/4).
The internet site of this newspaper was launched officially in February 2003 and has since matured to a good site. It has all the features of a true online newspaper including printer-friendly versions of each article. The good news: Unlike with one of the major Australian newspapers you are not required to register to have access to all articles in the free, fully searchable archive. www.nit.com.au
This service offers a world wide delivery of many newspapers, for Australia fans the Melbournian The Age and Sydney's Sydney Morning Herald.
On the website you can find the title page of each newspaper (though at the time of the visit the links were dead). Single issues are 3.65 Euro, and the pages challenge your imagination with statements like "Availability: xMTWTFS" (which represents the initials of the weekdays). http://www.newspaperdirect.de/
The Newsstand offers newspapers for electronic reading and delivery. You can purchase single issues, issues of specific days or each issue for a couple of weeks. There's the option to read a newspaper for free, but you have to register with the site.
Australian newspapers include The Australian, Morning Bulletin and The Australian Financial Review. http://www.newsstand.com
Masthead image ©ourtesy Fernando Morales, www.sxc.hu.