Morry Schwartz, the publisher of The Monthly and Quarterly Essay has announced plans to launch his new weekly compact, The Saturday Paper, on March 1.
Dedicated to long-form print journalism like its stable mates, The Saturday Paper has an impressive roll-call of contributors, including Fairfax veterans David Marr, as a columnist, and Hamish McDonald, as world editor.
Former Australian Financial Review journalist Sophie Morris will be Canberra correspondent while The Age’s Martin McKenzie-Murray will be chief correspondent in Melbourne.
The line-up also features The Slap author Christos Tsiolkas as the paper’s film critic. Music critics will be Tim Freedman and Dave Faulkner and TV writer Helen Razer.
Andrew McConnell, owner of Melbourne’s Cutler & Co, will be food editor, Women’s Wear Daily writer Patty Huntington, fashion editor and The Design Files’ Lucy Feagins will write on interiors.
“This is a list of big voices and brilliant writers. I am enormously proud to publish each of them,” Mr Schwartz said.
“The Saturday Paper is materialising before our eyes as a major force in Australian journalism.”
Erik Jensen, the paper’s 25-year-old editor tweeted the paper would be a compact “with broadsheet ideals, on beautiful stock, with design so sharp it could cut you”, publishing thoughtful reportage “with the time and space to get deep inside stories.”
“I believe print is still the best way to produce these sorts of stories and build habits with readers,” Mr Jensen told The Newspaper Works.
Creating a weekly publication allows the team space to “dedicate the entirety of our time to investigate, definitive accounts of stories,” he said.
“We can dedicate the week to ignoring triviality and fluff, to produce stories that are essential – offering the definitive account of a piece of news.”
Mr Jensen said almost 500 journalists “of enormous talent” applied for positions on the paper, making the hiring process “both easy and extremely difficult.”
The Saturday Paper will be available in print in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra and as a website and an app everywhere else.
Orders are now open with a foundation subscriber price of $99 for a year’s print copies, full online access and the iPad and iPhone app. The paper’s cover price will be $3.
Also launching on March 1 is the new compact weekend edition of The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.
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