From: William Gladys <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, May 4, 2011 at 4:07 PM
Subject: Fw: Independent Australia newsletter - May 4 2011 - Stunning growth continues - media notices
Newsletter ~ 4 May 2011
Independent Australia has continued its rocket-like growth in April, and the world's media is starting to take notice.
During April, Independent Australia increased its unique visitors by over 10,000, from 19,345 in March to 29, 522 in April — an over 150% increase. This is almost a 20,000 increase (or 300%) on visitor numbers from February of 9,961.
Independent Australia also appointed a new member to its editorial team in April, Sandi Keane, who becomes our Environment Correspondent. Sandi's stories on coal seam gas and on secret Howard Government plans to turn Australia to become the world's nuclear waste dump were part of the reason for IA's stunning success in April. Independent Australia will continue to look at ways to protect Australia's national interests, which of course includes preserving our natural environment, heritage and health. As such, Sandi will play a vital part in this area of our future reporting.
Independent Australia has, for a long time, largely been ignored by the mass media, but we are starting to become grudgingly accepted. As reported on the weekend, Independent Australia has been featured on the major US comedy programme the Daily Show, which is syndicated internationally and presented by comedian Jon Stewart. On Sunday, the publication was featured on the ABC's Insider's programme. And, during April, IA reporters Barry Everingham, David Donovan and Tess Lawrence all did interviews with television, radio and /or print publications about stories published in Independent Australia.
Independent Australia is a pro-Republican publication because we believe full Australian independence is strongly in the national interest. In direct contradiction to many mass media outlets reporting that seems to be saying – seemingly on the basis of a single Newspoll taken in the week of the royal wedding – that republicanism here is dead or in decline, our stories on the Republic have been the most popular stories written during the month. Our success is a slap in the face for those people who say passion for an Australian Republic is waning. It's quite obvious to us that passion for an Australian republican is growing all the time, despite mass saturation royal wedding coverage—or perhaps even because of it. The incredible numbers of hits recorded over the royal wedding week indicates Australians might love a fancy wedding, but they see the need for an Australian Republic much, much, more. Barry Everingham's story on The Chaser censorship and Tess Lawrence's story on Julia Gillard being "ordered" by the Queen to create an Australian Republic make up two of the three most popular three stories ever published in this journal.
Here's the graph of the last eight weeks. (Bear in mind that at the time the graph was recorded, on Sunday morning, the most recent week was not yet over.)
But Independent Australia is far more than just a pro-republican journal. Our international stories on Libya, the USA, Egypt, Guantanamo Bay and Wikileaks, for example, have attracted readers from all over the world. Tess Lawrence's piece yesterday, Osama and Obama, is an example of the quality of the writing we produce every day. Our stories on politics, history, crime, literature and the occasional satirical piece show we are a lot more than just a one trick pony.
Our ability to dig up stories missed – or studiously ignored – by the mass media here in Australia has attracted people disaffected by the bland coverage served up by major media outlets. There are quality journalists in these outlets, make no mistake, but they are not being allowed their freedom by narrow-minded editors and proprietors. As such, we must thank the mass media for its narrow focus and lack of popular appeal for driving people towards our exciting publication. Without the incestuous echo tank that is the popular media in this country, we could not have achieved our almost impressive growth rate.
On a personal note, I would like to thank all of our many contributors, and especially the highly talented editorial team for their work in April. Without your remarkable ability to dig our facts and write what people want to read, Independent Australia would not be the interesting publication it is today. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all.
And finally, thank you to readers for your great support for Independent Australia over the last month. It is your help, support and readership that make all of this possible. You are what it is all about. And if you would like to make comments, suggestions, or look at ways you can help to assist us please contact me using one of the means listed belo
Also, if you would like to donate and help us continue our work, or are interested in sponsorship opportunities, or would simply like to advertise on the rapidly growing publication, please feel very welcome contacting me using the contacts details below.
David Donovan | Managing Editor
Independent Australia is a progressive journal focusing on politics, democracy and Australian identity. It contains news and opinion from Australia and around the world. It supports investigative journalism and a diversity of voices. It believes Australians are short-changed by the mass media and dedicates itself to seeking out the truth and informing the public.
The editorial team possesses a wealth of experience through creator and managing editor David Donovan, senior correspondent Barry Everingham, contributing editor-at-large Tess Lawrence, Australian history editor Dr Glenn Davies and environment correspondent Sandi Keane.
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