Crinkling News lives: Crowdfunding and Senate appearance save kids’ paper

Australia’s only children’s newspaper attracts the $200,000 it needs to survive after its editor warns of need to ‘develop media literacy in Australia’

An 11th-hour appearance at a Senate select committee into public interest journalism and a whirlwind of publicity have helped the children’s newspaper Crinkling News to stay in print after a fundraising goal of $200,000 was reached.

Crinkling News’s editor, Saffron Howden – along with a bigger player in the media industry, the Fairfax Media chief executive, Greg Hywood – was invited to give evidence at the Senate committee’s first public hearing in Sydney on Wednesday.

“To address the creeping influence of fake news, so-called alternative facts, clickbait and the selection by social media platforms of the information to which we are exposed, we need to start educating children at a young age,” Howden told the senators. “In short, we need to develop media literacy in Australia.

Read more at The Guardian.

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