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Sun to rise in North Sydney

By Phil Sim in Media News on
North Sydney will have a local newspaper again, with publisher Grahame Lynch revealing the impending launch of the North Sydney Sun. 
Lynch’s Decisive Publishing is well known within the Australian communications sector, where daily newsletter CommsDay, is a must-read for telco and Internet providers. As such, the launch of a suburban newspaper might seem an unlikely diversion.
However, Lynch believes the fact that so many Australian telecommunications companies have their national or state headquarters in North Sydney means there is a “surprising amount of synergy”.
Indeed, that business angle will be a core part of the paper’s identity. Lynch points to the fact that City-based business journals are common in the US, but less so in Australia, and certainly there was no outlet presently targeting the North Sydney business community.
Lynch will also be seeking to fill the gap for local community news. While the Mosman Daily/North Shore Times survived the NewsCorp cull of local suburban newspapers, Lynch feels it no longer even attempts to report on local news.
“The Mosman Daily basically does lifestyle now, with virtually no content specific for the area. I understand why they are doing that, they’ve got 3 or 4 suburban papers left and they want to repurpose content to save money, but that doesn’t get away from the fact that North Sydney is a very significant business hub with 70,000 residents and 20,000 businesses, and I feel that’s a pretty big universe that is presently under-served,” Lynch said.
The first tabloid newspaper will be published in 2 weeks and will run at 16 pages, and then will re-commence in February with an ongoing monthly frequency. A debut cover story will delve into how many North Sydney businesses would continue with work-from-home arrangements and explore what that might mean for foot traffic within the district and the flow-on effect on local businesses.
Lynch will initially pull on his pre-existing Decisive Publishing editorial resources, as well as employing some freelancers, while he seeks to establish the commercial foundations.
“For the short-term, we will run it on the smell of an oily rag, but there are surprisingly low barriers to entry so I think we can return the costs pretty quickly and make it profitable within a year.”
Lynch has a special offer for businesses with the debut issue. Businesses can “pay what you want”, as both a way for businesses to get to know the publication, but also as an opportunity to help local businesses who may have struggled through the pandemic boost their businesses over the holiday season.
“I think it’s the right thing to do. When you launch a newspaper, people don’t really know what you’re about, and I know a lot of businesses like restaurants are struggling to get back up,” Lynch said.
“So we’re saying pay what you want, throw me a few bucks and get some decent real estate, try it, test us out and if I deliver on my promises then maybe you’ll pay more when you’re able.”
The pandemic was also part of the inspiration for Lynch adopting the iconic Sun branding.
“Particularly with the pandemic, I wanted something bright that felt positive and the Sun has been used in the past in Australian media, so there is that historical connection”. Additionally, he admitted to a dose of irony, noting that North Sydney with its “clutter of high-rises” wasn’t always the sunniest spot in the world.
An online strategy will follow and “we’ll follow the market”, in that regard, Lynch said. He also thinks once he turns a profit there will be opportunities to launch other newspapers in other local markets.
Indeed, he is bullish on the opportunity for local publishing because he feels it is a myth that social media lets you do hyper-local advertising, noting that the most granular Facebook lets you target is a 10km radius which equates to “half of Sydney”. 
“So I feel there is a gap in the market and I want to explore it,” he said.

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