The Illawarra has come a long way since Thomas Garrett founded the Mercury back in 1855 – and so have we.
The newspaper was the first on the South Coast and was established by Garrett to provide information and also advocate for change in a community that had little or no means of advancing its cause.
That aim has never wavered over the past 158 years and today the Mercury is proud to champion the region’s causes and take up the fight for a fair deal, while continuing to provide the latest news of the day.
Today the Mercury has more than 80 staff at its Auburn Street premises, from reporters and photographers, to sales teams, circulation, IT and marketing department.
In addition to our six-day-a-week printed product, the Mercury now boasts a popular website, an innovative iPhone app with over 12,000 downloads and a Digital Edition of the paper subscribers can access on their iPad – or any PC or Mac – from 6am every day.
Our latest online addition – Morning Rush – kicks off this week, with journalist Emma Spillett keeping readers up to date on the latest happenings in the region from 6am. Emma will be across everything from traffic to the Twittersphere to what’s on at your school/cafe/bar/sports ground each day.
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