December 26th 2009


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EDITORIAL: A reflection on Christmas

CANBERRA OBSERVED: The new Opposition team

ENVIRONMENT: Copenhagen summit ignores 'Climategate' scandal

FINANCIAL CRISIS: Can the world expect a sustainable recovery?

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: The challenge of China

HUMAN RIGHTS: Commonwealth's double standards over Sri Lanka, Fiji

CULTURE: The sexualisation of girlhood

IDEOLOGIES: Radical environmentalism: the new socialism

CIVILISATION: What now after the cultural revolution?

MEDIA: Why America's newspapers are dying

IDEAS: Why haven't more people heard of G.K. Chesterton?

OPINION: Paid maternity leave and the war against women

A new name for News Weekly? (letter)

Why the democracies should support Taiwan (letter)

BOOK REVIEW: BLOODY VICTORY: The Sacrifice on the Somme and the making of the Twentieth Century, by William Philpott

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new name for News Weekly? (letter)


by Don Ford

News Weekly, December 26, 2009
Sir,

Isn't it about time that News Weekly had a new title?

Since 1985, News Weekly has been a fortnightly periodical and has had several changes in design and layout since it was founded in 1949, so why not a change in name?

When our beloved founder of blessed memory, B.A. Santamaria, established News Weekly, he was concerned not so much with the name but with the contents and with the messages and warnings it had to give to the Australian people. It has fulfilled that task admirably.

That is why it should have a title that reflects and emphasises its reason for existence.

I suggest the title Monitor, a Latin word which means "teacher" or "warner", i.e., one who teaches or warns of dangers ahead.

Today there are two problems with the name News Weekly.

First, it is not longer a weekly but a fortnightly publication.

Second, there are other periodicals with similar names with which it can be confused (and has been, in my experience, when urging people to become subscribers)

For instance, there is Newsweek, a left-liberal American magazine containing articles and opinions often inimical to our philosophy. There is also the lowbrow "celebrity" Australian magazine New Weekly (some people I approached for subscriptions to News Weekly thought I was trying to sell them New Weekly).

So, surely, now is the time to bestow upon our esteemed journal a title which accurately describes its true purpose and raison d'ĂȘtre, one of which our great founder had in mind when he founded it.

What do other subscribers think?

Don Ford,
Ashfield, NSW




























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