First published April 26, 2001, in Webdiary entry “What’s the point?”
* that widely read broadsheet newspapers are essential to the health and vibrancy of our democracy
* that they are yet to adapt to a multi-media future pressing on the present
* that there is a vacuum of original, genuine, passionate and accessible debate on the great political, economic and social issues of our time in the mainstream media, despite the desire of thinking Australians in all age groups to read and participate in such debates
* that newspapers have lost their connection with the readers they serve
* that the future lies in a collaboration between journalists and readers.
The mission of the Webdiary is:
* to experiment in the form and content of the Herald online
* to assist in the integration of the newspaper and smh.com.au
* to help meet the unmet demand of some Australians for conversations on our present and our future, and to spark original thought and genuine engagement with important issues which effect us all
* to link thinking Australians whoever they are and wherever they live.
* to insist that thinking Australians outside the political and economic establishment have the capacity to contribute to the national debate
* to provide an outlet for talented writers and thinkers not heard in mainstream media