First indigenous publication joins Press Council

First indigenous publication joins Press Council

The Koori Mail has joined the Australian Press Council, making it the first indigenous publication to become a member.

The 100 per cent Indigenous-owned publication focuses on the contemporary issues and political affairs that matter to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Australians, with all profits going towards dividends, sponsorships and scholarships.

Press Council chairman Professor David Weisbrot said that this milestone was one long overdue.

“We have made a concerted effort over the past two years to try to attract member publications that reflect the nature and diversity of Australian society,” he said.

“The editors and staff of the Koori Mail will help the council in a variety of ways to incorporate indigenous perspectives and better appreciate the challenges of quality media reporting of indigenous matters,” he said.

The general manager of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Naomi Moran, said to the decision to join the Press Council would further the commitment of the masthead to quality content.

“With our content as the heartbeat, a good standard of media practice ensures our newspaper continues to live and breathe authentic storytelling,” Ms Moran said.

Prof Weisbrot hopes this will be the first of other indigenous publications to join the council.

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