Frequently Asked Questions
TDA is a social-first news service that offers young Australians a digestible and engaging way to access the news. TDA is read by Australians who are looking to get into a habit of reading the news, but don't know where to start. They’re keen to learn and ask a lot of questions, but haven't had the opportunity to engage before. Now, they read TDA over a coffee in under a minute. TDA is the introduction to quality journalism for over 1.1 million Australians per month, and that is a responsibility we take very seriously.
TDA adheres to the General Principles established by the Australian Press Council.
TDA is financially supported by a group of investors who back the mission and values of the company. No investor has the ability to control or influence editorial policy, and TDA maintains full editorial independence. Importantly, all investors understand and have accepted TDA’s mission to provide clear and balanced views to its audience.
Trust is at the centre of everything we do. For many of our readers, we are the first and only touchpoint with the news, and we therefore acknowledge our duty to ensure that the gathering and presentation of news and information is accurate.
TDA’s commitment to accuracy is inextricably linked to our willingness to correct errors. We will always seek to correct or clarify published material if it is significantly inaccurate or misleading, and will do so in a transparent manner. We recognise how quickly and widely information can be disseminated, so will always make our corrections (and where necessary, apologies) clear and straightforward. We’re about owning our mistakes, not hiding from them.
Independence, integrity and responsibility
The trust and respect of the community depend on TDA’s editorial independence and integrity. Independence and responsibility are inseparable. The Editor of TDA is responsible for ensuring editorial integrity and independence is upheld across all areas of the business.
Impartiality and fairness
TDA’s main mission is to provide a foundation of knowledge on which our readers can build their own understanding of the world around them. To that end, we have a duty to ensure that the gathering and distribution of news is impartial according to the recognised standards of objective journalism. In accordance with the Australian Press Council’s General Principles, TDA ensures that factual material is presented with reasonable fairness and balance and that writers’ expressions of opinion are not based on significantly inaccurate factual material or omissions of key facts.
Information from other outlets
TDA’s mission is to break down stories into digestible bite-sized news, which sometimes means we will use information that has first been reported by other outlets. In instances like these, TDA will recognise the publication (e.g. ‘as first reported by the Sydney Morning Herald’).
Privacy and avoidance of harm
TDA will avoid intruding on a person’s reasonable expectations of privacy, unless doing so is sufficiently in the public interest, per the Australian Press Council’s General Principles. This balance between privacy and public interest should be particularly recognised in situations that involve bereavement. TDA adheres to the Australia Press Council’s Statement of Privacy Principles, enclosed here.
No, we are completely independent. We are not owned by any larger media company, and The Daily Aus maintains full editorial independence.
The Daily Aus has a typical start up story. Our founders, Sam and Zara, quit their full time jobs to chase their dreams. To make those dreams possible, the co-founders went out looking for A+ investors who they knew would back the mission and values of the company. In February, they finished their first capital raise with incredibly diverse and talented investors. No investor has the ability to control or influence editorial policy. Importantly, all understand and have accepted TDA's mission to provide clear and balanced views to our audience.
The Daily Aus is run by Zara Seidler and Sam Koslowski, two twenty-somethings who decided they’d make a business out of explaining the news to their friends.
The Daily Aus derives revenue from partnerships in our daily podcast and newsletter. We partner with brands who we believe are aligned to our company ethos.
We find our information from a variety of sources, from across the political spectrum. As self identified Master Explainers, we don’t have to worry about being the first to report a story. We can sit with the facts and digest/corroborate all stories before publishing, to ensure the full context and factual background has been provided.
We cover a full spectrum of news and current affairs. It’s a bit of tightrope balancing what we know young people care about, versus what we think young people should care about. That’s why if you follow us, you’re likely to see explainers on Bitcoin, climate action and travel bubbles as well as the infinitely less sexy: taxes, inflation and by-elections.
We will always own our mistakes. Unlike our traditional media forefathers, we aren’t going to shove an apology in a tiny corner at the back of the paper. We will apologise and own any mistakes we make around facts, language or bias. We are here to grow with our audience.
No. We cover news that matters to young people, irrespective of any political ideologies attached to the issue. We have zero linkage, backing or relationship with any political parties in Australia.