Staying power celebrated in Victorian country press centenary

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Anyone with any doubts about the future of the media should consider the staying power of the Victorian Country Press Association and some of its members.

The group held its centenary conference at the RACV Club in Melbourne ten days ago.

Australian Newspaper History Group’s Rod Kirkpatrick reports that about 130 people attended the conference, with 150 people at a dinner that night at the Australia Club. Main speaker at the conference was Fairfax Media chief executive and managing director Brian McCarthy who spoke mainly about what was happening in digital media and how Fairfax was moving in that area.

Rod’s picture shows members Ella Ebery (left) and Robin Letts (right) with Phil Nolan. Ebery (94) has been the editor of the ‘North Central News’ in St Arnaud, for 30 years, and Letts (80) is the owner-editor of the ‘Buloke Times’ in Donald.

The Morgan-Letts family has owned the ‘Times’ since it began in 1875.

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