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Am I learning Greek or any Cyrillic language? No. It’s another Paniyiri-related post.

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On Paniyiri, patrons are welcome to take a copy of Neos Kosmos newspaper. Neos Kosmos is a Greek community newspaper in Australia published every Saturday – therefore reporting Greek issues in Australia or issues in their ancestors’ homeland. The newspaper has some printing relations with Fairfax’s The Age. That means the paper is based in Melbourne.

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Neos Kosmos is published in two languages, English and Greek. The English version is printed in ‘compact’ format and it has a mini Greek-language tabloid inserted. There is another Greek version printed as a broadsheet (the same size as ‘The Australian’ or ‘Sydney Morning Herald’). I’m not sure what’s the difference between the Greek tabloid inside the English edition and the Greek broadsheet.

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What I don’t get is why does the paper cost $2.50 in NSW, ACT, Vic & SA but $3 elsewhere (Qld, NT, WA, Tas). Remind me of some Indonesian magazines which cost more outside Java and some Malaysian books which cost more in Sabah & Sarawak.

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The feature that I really like from this paper is the headlines from major Greek newspapers.

If the Indonesian community in this part of the world plans to publish a weekly magazine or newspaper (printed or online version), I’m ready to contribute at your disposal. 😀

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150 years of publication

Brisbane’s only-newspaper, The Courier-Mail, yesterday celebrated its 150 years of publication. It was first known as the Moreton Bay Courier. Years later, when newspapers business thrived in Australia, there were two major newspapers in Brisbane. The other one was called the Daily Mail. Due to the small Australian market, the two newspapers merged and became the name it is now known.

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The Courier-Mail of yesterday (weekend edition 14-15 May 2011) with a special booklet celebrating 150 years

Inside the special booklet, you’ll find the first page of The Courier printed on Tuesday, 14 May 1861. Back then, all newspapers in Australia were printed in broadsheet format. Five years ago, the newspaper shrank its size to tabloid – although News Ltd Queensland prefers the term ‘compact’.

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During an MSTU1000 tutorial on ‘The Press’ a few months back, my tutor Dr Burns told that Australia has the highest rate of magazine-readership in the world. It is no wonder you’ll find many magazine-style publication inserted in today’s Australian newspapers, including The Courier-Mail. The weekend edition of today’s Courier-Mail, for example, also consists of etc, CarsGuide, CareerOne, Weekend Shopper, Property and QWeekend.

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As technology evolves, so does newspapers forced to follow the tide of change. Courier-Mail has launched its iPad edition in line with other News Ltd’s tabloid mastheads (Sydney’s Daily Telegraph, Melbourne’s Herald Sun and Adelaide’s Advertiser). Of course, the shrinking size was also in line with other publications (not sure whether this includes other mastheads e.g. Tasmania’s The Mercury and Darwin’s NT News).

P.S.: Last year, a tutor of mine told her class that the ‘compact’ Courier-Mail has also led to low-brow journalism. Whether that’s true or not, it’s another story.

Plus, during MSTU1000 lecture on ‘The Press’, John Grey, online editor of Courier-Mail, revealed that in the future the paper will be available in five different formats (iPhone app, iPad app, print, online and I forgot the last one).

He said that newspapers still rely its income from the print, not online.

So, are you still buying a newspaper? We can have a long discussion on my question.

EDITED for spelling check.

Koran Daerah

Seperti Indonesia, hampir setiap kota di Australia memiliki koran lokal masing-masing. Berikut ini adalah beberapa koran dari empat ibu kota negara bagian di Australia.

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Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) adalah salah satu koran daerah di ibu kota negara bagian New South Wales, Sydney (salah satu yang lain adalah The Daily Telegraph, tidak dimuat di tulisan ini). Koran ini dimiliki oleh Fairfax, mantan pemilik Channel 7 di Australia. SMH tampil dalam format broadsheet. SMH pertama kali dicetak pada tahun 1831 dan merupakan koran tertua di Australia yang masih terbit hingga hari ini. Koran ini hadir enam kali dalam seminggu.

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The Age adalah salah satu koran daerah di ibu kota negara bagian Victoria, Melbourne. Sama seperti SMH, pemilik The Age adalah Fairfax dan tampil dalam format broadsheet. The Age terbit dari hari Senin hingga Sabtu dan The Sunday Age terbit pada hari Minggu.

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The West Australian adalah satu-satunya koran lokal dan paling dominan di ibu kota negara bagian Western Australia, Perth. Koran ini dimiliki oleh WAN Holdings. The West, panggilan untuk koran ini, adalah koran tertua kedua di Australia yang masih dicetak hingga hari ini, pertama kali dicetak pada tahun 1833. Koran ini terbit enam kali seminggu dan tampil dalam format tabloid.

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The Advertiser adalah koran daerah di Adelaide, ibu kota negara bagian South Australia. Pemilik The Advertiser, The Courier-Mail (Brisbane), The Australian (nasional) sama yakni News Limited. Koran ini terbit dari hari Senin hingga Sabtu dan pada hari Minggu giliran Sunday Mail edisi South Australia yang terbit (Sunday Mail juga terbit di Queensland pada hari Minggu dengan konten yang berbeda). Koran ini pertama kali dicetak pada tahun 1858. Sama seperti The Courier-Mail, koran ini dahulunya dicetak dalam format broadsheet sebelum berubah menjadi format tabloid.

Beberapa koran ibu kota negara bagian dan teritorial lainnya yang tidak dimuat di tulisan ini adalah The Mercury (Hobart), The Canberra Times (Canberra), dan NT News (Darwin).

Sementara koran paling dominan di Brisbane, The Courier-Mail, tidak dimuat di tulisan ini karena tulisan ini terfokus pada koran-koran interstate (antar negara bagian). The Courier-Mail sendiri adalah koran dengan eksemplar terbesar keempat di Australia (setelah The Australian, SMH, dan The Age).

Semua koran yang tampil di tulisan ini adalah milik Brisbane City Council Library.