The Australian Press Council on Tuesday announced the admission of emanila.com Pty Ltd to its membership roll making the Filipino media outlet its first member in multicultural press.
Press Council membership encompasses most of the major newspaper and magazine publishers in Australia, accounting for some 850 mastheads and 95 per cent of circulation. The members include APN News & Media, Australian Associated Press, Australian Rural Publishers Association, Fairfax Media, HuffPost Australia, Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, News Corp Australia, and ninemsn. (Photo: Australian Press Council chair Prof David Weisbrot)
The Council’s chair Prof David Weisbrot said that the admission of emanila and two other media publications reflect the breadth and range of the Australian media, as well as the warm welcome extended to publications that strive to serve the community by producing quality material.
“I’m delighted with the diversity of this latest group of new members,” Prof Weisbrot said.
“One is a well-known and highly-respected publisher of long form journalism, another is a small paper that has been a very important part of its community for 30 years, and we are especially pleased to be able to embrace one of Australia’s increasingly-important multicultural publications.
“What unites these three publications, and all of the Press Council’s member publications, is a genuine commitment to excellence and social responsibility.”
The two other new members are Schwartz Media, publisher of The Saturday Paper, a weekly newspaper, and The Monthly magazine; and The Bushland Shire Telegraph Pty, publisher of a weekly community newspaper circulating in the Hawkesbury area of NSW in print and electronic editions.
emanila is an online-only multi-awarded media outlet and publisher of The Filipino Australian online news site. Its other websites include Lahing Filipino, emanilapoetry, PinoyJokes.net and GlobalFilipinos.org.
In 2000, the Filipino website in Australia became the inaugural winner of the Technology Award of the NSW Premier’s National Multicultural Marketing Awards, followed by awards in September 2012 for Coverage of Community Affairs in Australia of the NSW Parliament’s Inaugural Multicultural Media Awards, in December 2012 for Best Website (Interactive Media) – Migration Advocacy & Media from the Office of the Philippine President’s Commission on Filipinos Overseas, in September 2014 for Best Photographer of the Year of the NSW Parliament’s Multicultural & Indigenous Media Awards (MIMA), and in November 2015 for Coverage of Community Affairs of the NSW Parliament’s MIMA.
Romeo Cayabyab, Publisher of the emanila websites, said the Press Council should be applauded for seeking out new members among the multicultural press.
“I see this as a clear indication that the Press Council recognises the importance of the multicultural press in Australia and the need for these publications to strive for high standards and independence just like any other member of the Council.”
The Australian Press Council was established in 1976 and is responsible for promoting good standards of media practice, community access to information of public interest, and freedom of expression through the media.