STOP PRESS: sources

My first book, ‘The Parihaka Album: lest we forget‘ (Huia, 2009) had hundreds of footnotes, a 15-page ‘select bibliography’ and an index. My second book, ‘Stop Press: the last days of newspapers‘ (Scribe, 2013) has none of the architecture of scholarship and yet it was well-researched, in a journalistic sense. Most of my sources are referenced in the text but for a few things, including archival sources, this was not so easy. What follows is a list of sources for the book in case readers would like to look anything up or consult the manuscript collections I mention. 

Stop Press: Notes on sources

 p. 16 ‘The remaining residents of the paper city — between 3500 and 4000 in newspapers  — keep working, quiet heroes, to make the papers every day.’ Email, MEAA, 24 June 2013. Also Richard Aedy, ABC Radio National Media Report, ‘The state of job losses’, 20 June 2013,

p18 ‘Last year, the Saturday West Australian was the only Australian metro to record a circulation increase (of 1.3 per cent)’, Emily Tullock, ‘Latest ABC newspaper circulation figures: digital growth offsets decline’, Newspaper Publishers Association, 15 February 2015.

p27 ‘In the early 1970s, The Sydney Morning Herald published 250 million lines of classified advertising a year, more than any other newspaper in the world.’  Bringing you the news, (1971), director Alex Ezard, Artransa Park Film Studios, collection of the National Film and Sound Archive, title no: 25993.

p.39 ‘Only 20 years ago…Now 81,000 copies of a single newspaper’, Dominion-Post circulation figures, interview with Fairfax New Zealand central region manager Gerard Watt, 22 January 2013.

p. 49 ‘…we produced 11 daily newspapers, 75 communities…’ Sally Jackson, ‘More jobs to go at Fairfax Media’, The Australian, 28 January 2013.

p. 60 ‘News Limited abandoned its internal hubs’ Matthew Knott, ‘Back to the future: News ditches “sub hub” experiment’, Crikey, 1 February 2013.

p. 61 ‘About 260 journalists and designers work for Pagemasters in Australia.’ Email, Peter Atkinson, managing director, Pagemasters, 25 February 2013.

pp.67-68 The board papers that document News Limited’s first overseas acquisition are the Wellington Publishing Company Limited business records held at Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. See, Wellington Publishing Company Minute boo 14 December 1956-16 Dec 1970, MSY-5619, minutes of annual general meetings and Wellington Publishing Company Ltd Agenda Book 18 May 1960-26 Aug 1970 (especially entries for 1964), MSY-5616.

p. 69 ‘The world’s first colour photo in a newspaper…’ ‘Picture makes history! The Argus newspaper in colour’, 13 November 2012, Such was life blog, State Library of Victoria.

 pp. 70-72 The photographic collections referred to here include: The Evening Post collection at the Alexander Turnbull Library PA-Group 00287; ‘The end of hot metal printing at the Christchurch Star’, circa 1980, PAColl-8070-1; and newspaper production, printing and delivery photographs from the internal archives at The Dominion-Post newspaper, Wellington.

p. 78 ‘4000 newsagents’, phone interview Carolyn Doherty, editor National Newsagent Magazine, 4 March 2013.

p. 81 ‘About 17 jobs went…’ ‘Fairfax looks to outsource image handling, redundancies to result’, Mumbrella, 15 November 2012. See, also ‘Elusive responses to our questions’, Loni Cooper to Greg Hywood, MediaWatch, 15 June 2013,

p. 83 ‘In 2011, Fairfax New Zealand sacked 90 newspaper advertising staff…’ Interview with Gerard Watt, Fairfax New Zealand central region general manager, 22 January 2013.

p. 85 ‘In November 2012, the company [APN] put all of its…’ Ben Holgate, ‘Fairfax possible buyer of APN NZ papers’, Australian Financial Review, 20 November 2012. On shopping for a buyer for the New Zealand Herald, Leon Spencer, ‘APN reviews NZ print assets’, 3 October 2012.

p. 87 ‘The Sydney-based firm exported 60 per cent…’ interview with Ian Johns, DIC managing director, Australia and New Zealand, 11 March 2013.

p. 88 ‘Melbourne University academic Sally Young’s research…’ Sally Young, ‘The Journalism “Crisis” Is Australia immune or just ahead of its time? p. 179 in Future of Journalism, edited by Bob Franklin, Routledge, London, 2011.

p. 100 ‘The plant used to roster on four crews of 18 men…’ interview with Tullamarine print plant business services manager Alison Wright, 12 February 2013.

p. 105 ‘Fairfax had 16 print plants left…’  interview with Fairfax CEO of printing Bob Lockley, 25 February 2013.

p. 107 ‘The first newspaper in New Zealand…’ ‘Ron Palenski, ‘New Zealand’s First Newspaper Was Printing On Petone Foreshore In 1840’ The Dominion-Sunday Times 15 April 1990 (reprinted in The Historical Times, April 2008, The Bedplate Press).

p. 107 ‘…in 2007, Fairfax spent $9 million…’ ‘Fairfax picks Harewood site for Christcurch print centre’ undated article, GX,

p. 108 ‘In 2005, the plant used 360 tonnes of newsprint a week…’ Interview, Ricky Barker, manager Fairfax printing plant Petone, 27 November 2012.

p. 121 ‘In 2012, the Swiss-owned press manufacturer…’ ‘ABP adds four new Wifag full-colour towers to new plant’, Indian Printer & Publisher, 30 May 2012.

p. 124 ‘The conversion would cost $84 million…’ interview with Norske Skog regional president Australasia, Andrew Leighton, 6 March 2013.

p. 125 ‘Newsprint is a poor type of paper’, interview with Aaron Buist, operations manager Norske Skog Tasman, 12 December 2012.

p. 129 ‘Tūwharetoa leaders Arapeta and Mihiwai Te Rire…’ Barry Ashwin, Tasman Pulp and Paper The First Fifty Years, Tauranga, 2010, p. 13.

p. ‘In 2011, Kawerau produced 310,000 tonnes…’ interview with Aaron Buist, 12 December 2012.

p. 136 ‘…by January 2013 there would be 170 staff left’, interview with Buist. Figures for Australia, John Laugher, vice-president strategy Norske Skog, presentation to 16th Engineering Heritage Conference, Hobart, November 2011.

p. 161 ‘In March 2013, the agency’s 230 reporters produced…’ interview with Tony Gillies, AAP editor-in-chief, 6 March 2013.



About rachelbuchanan2000

Journalist, historian, mum. 'Stop Press: the last days of newspapers' (Scribe, 2013). Creative fellow, State Library of Victoria. Project: 'The Melbourne Sirius' an artist newspaper (2014). First book, 'The Parihaka Album: Lest We Forget' (Huia, 2009). New project, about doctors and doctorhood, is on the go now.
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