Labor calls for donations to set up party news service

Labor’s national secretary has called on supporters to make donations so the party can set up its own media outlet. Photo: Alex EllinghausenShould we be afraid?
Nanjing Night Net

The Australian Labor Party is on the brink of a brave new internal reform. And it has nothing to do with preselections or union influence.

National secretary George Wright sent an email to supporters on Wednesday afternoon announcing that the ALP will start its very own media outlet – “a bit like Labor’s own Crikey”.

“You’ve told us that you can see the Labor message isn’t making it through the mainstream media and we have to produce our own news service,” he wrote.

Promising “handy facts, interesting articles and video” the new Labor news aims to be “no nonsense” and without the “filter” of the mainstream media.

“We’ll send a daily bulletin out to everyone who signs up so you can get up to date information on what’s happening each day. A bit like Labor’s own Crikey,” Mr Wright explained.

To get the project up and running, the ALP is calling for donations from supporters to employ “hopefully a news journalist with experience online” at the cost of about $95,000.

Donations aside, suggestions for Labor journalists have poured in since the announcement, under the Twitter hashtag “LaborHerald”.

Former foreign minister Bob Carr has been suggested for lifestyle and travel features, while Craig Thomson has been put forward for entertainment.

Former star recruits Cheryl Kernot and Maxine McKew have been nominated for obituaries.

And Malcolm Turnbull has been picked out as foreign correspondent.

Better hold the front page.

The best of #LaborHerald on Twitter

Relationship advice columnist Bob Hawke #LaborHerald#auspol— Elias Jahshan (@Elias_Jahshan) April 30, 2014

Obituaries: Richo, he knows where the bodies are #LaborHerald#auspol— Lady C (@LadyCaroline1) April 30, 2014

Travel Reviewer: Kevin Rudd #LaborHerald— Jeff Miles (@Jeffmister) April 30, 2014

Bob Carr for Literary Editor of the #LaborHerald?— Ben Cubby (@bencubby) April 30, 2014

Commercial Property Expert Eddie Obeid #LaborHerald— Bevan Shields (@bevanshields85) April 30, 2014

Entertainment Editor: Craig Thomson #LaborHerald— Wes Mountain (@therevmountain) April 30, 2014

I’d much prefer BuzzLabor. All of your Bill Shorten GIFs in the one place #LaborHerald— Jonathan Brown (@JB_AU) April 30, 2014

Mark Latham answers your personal relationship issues. #LaborHerald— Bert Evatt (@DocEvatt) April 30, 2014

Sex columnist Craig Thompson #LaborHerald— Kemal Atlay (@kemal_atlay) April 30, 2014

KRudd in charge of the crossword…7 down…programmatic specificity #LaborHerald— Melissa Drummond (@meldrummo) April 30, 2014

Malcolm Turnbull: Foreign Correspondent. #LaborHerald— Jeremy Fernandez (@JezNews) April 30, 2014

@KnottMatthew surely Kim Carr would offer plumbing advice… Particularly leaks. #LaborHerald— Glengyron (@glengyron) April 30, 2014

Restaurant Reviews by Ian Macdonald #LaborHerald— Great She-Elephant (@lapuntadelfin) April 30, 2014

If they make Keating culture editor, I’ll subscribe to #LaborHerald— Clinton Ducas (@ClintonDucas) April 30, 2014

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