Fairfax’s free Trump coverage

Fairfax’s free Trump coveragePhoto: Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald’s coverage of the inauguration of US President-Elect Donald Trump will be freely available to non-subscribers in an effort to provide the public accurate and up to date information.

Social media will be a key driver of their coverage, especially Facebook, which has been under fire in recent months for disseminating fake news.

Fairfax Media’s editorial director Sean Aylmer said that the publications were committed to giving all Australians the full story.

“During landmark moments such as the US presidential inauguration this weekend, we see the importance of making our trusted editorial coverage openly available,” Mr Aylmer said.

The initiative, which runs from 9am Friday to 9am Monday, will provide users access to a live blog, live streamed video of the event and on the ground reporting from journalists in Australia and the US. Live coverage will begin from 12am Saturday. 

Fairfax ran a similar initiative during the 2016 Australian federal election.

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