Indie publisher launches new fortnightly national paper Australian National Review

A new national fortnightly newspaper, the Australian National Review, has rolled off the presses with the publisher, 21st Century Media, vowing to produce “news with a difference”.

The publication, launched with very limited fanfare, is being edited by Kritika Seksaria who has been editor of online news site 21st Century News since June last year. The newspaper will effectively be the print version of the website and is being distributed in West Australia today and the remainder of Australia tomorrow.

It will have an initial print run of 30,000 and has a cover price of $3.50.

A promotional video says the Australian National Review will “create critical thinking and debate as opposed to dumbing down our population”.

It adds that it will carry “opinion pieces that do not adhere to mainstream propaganda” and asks: “Are you ready? Restore the media back to the people”.

In addition to 21st Century News, the media firm publishes a number of magazines including Your Trading Edge, New Wealth Creator and Property Inc, all of which are overseen by Seksaria.

21st Century Media is the publishing division of 21st Century Group, a company founded by Jamie McIntyre in 1998.

On McIntyre’s LinkedIn page, the company is described as “one of the largest financial education resource in Australia” (sic) and has 12 companies “with reach in industries such as education, trading, accounting, property, finance broking, stock broking, financial services, media, publishing and news”.

Seksaria told Mumbrella the newspaper was launched with a view to providing “unbiased content without the political and business agenda of the mainstream media”.

“Australian National Review will provide more in-depth coverage on political, business, education and health issues. The content is not too time sensitive and will not follow the news agenda of other publications,” she said.

The newspaper has a staff of “four to five” part time journalists with Seksaria saying much of the content will be supplied by contributors. “We are a platform for people to give their opinions on topical and relevant issues,” she said.

The launch issue had limited advertising backing, largely from financial and education-based organisations. Seksaria said she hopes to entice more advertisers in future issues and to increase the print run.

Steve Jones 


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