Tools of resistance: the roles of two Indigenous newspapers in building an Indigenous public sphere
More than 20 Indigenous newspapers were published in Australia between 1965 and 1989. This paper focuses on two of them – Identity magazine and The Koorier. Drawing on data gathered through a textual analysis of the publications, archival material and interviews with Indigenous media participants, this paper investigates the role these publications played in establishing and developing an Indigenous public sphere. Analysis of Identity magazine and The Koorier provides an overview of political activity within the sphere during this period. The paper argues these two publications demonstrate that the Indigenous public sphere was in transition at this time. Further, these publications were used by Indigenous participants to generate political activity, circulate messages through and beyond the Indigenous public sphere, and educate the broader Australian community.
Australian Journalism Review