ABOUT US

Newsport is a dedicated regional news service tailored to deliver accurate, informative, and relevant news to tropical Far North Queensland. Covering all topics from breaking news to the stories that give the far north communities their heart.

Newsport delivers up-to-date news to subscribers from all over Australia as well as a growing international audience with an interest in the Port Douglas and the surrounding regions.

Newsport was established in 2007 by tourismportdouglas.com.au, originally as a platform to provide accurate information about the area to those who were travelling here to enhance their pre-travel planning and research.

As soon as this innovative daily news service was launched it became quickly apparent that not only did the regional, national, and international readership find it compelling reading, but the local residents also showed they preferred their news on an immediate and daily basis.

Newsport has continued to provide a balanced and accurate online news service delivering news professionally and with integrity on a daily basis covering news, sports, entertainment, and a wide range of special features that reflect everything that affects tropical Australia.

The news service continued to grow and has helped visitors to the area relate with their experiences. This created a 'window' into Port Douglas that visitors could enjoy from the comfort of their own homes while keeping abreast of the latest items making the tropical north tick.

In 2009, a 35-year veteran of international news, Roy Weavers, joined the team and five daily industry and local stories were delivered to provide the regions first respectable Online Daily News Service.

Over the last 10 years, Newsport has become synonymous with trusted daily news for the tropical north with a focus on the communities and the people that make this part of Australia so special.

Newsport carries on the tradition of providing accurate, informative, and relevant news to tropical Far North Queensland.

Newsport adheres to the Australian Press Council’s Principles of Practice and the Media and Entertainment Arts Alliance Journalist Code of Ethics.

Editorial Guidelines

Newsport has adopted the Australian Press Council’s Principles and other Standards of Practice

1. Accuracy and clarity

Newsport ensures that factual material in news reports and elsewhere is accurate and not misleading, and is distinguishable from other material such as opinion.

Newsport will provide a correction, retraction or other adequate remedial action if published material is significantly inaccurate or misleading.

2. Fairness and balance

Newsport 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 omission of key facts.

Newsport ensures that where material may refer adversely to a person, consideration is given for subsequent publication of a reply if that is reasonably necessary to address a possible breach of General Principle 3.

3. Privacy and avoidance of harm

Newsport will avoid intruding on a person’s reasonable expectations of privacy unless doing so is sufficiently in the public interest.

Newsport will avoid causing or contributing materially to substantial offence, distress or prejudice, or a substantial risk to health or safety unless doing so is sufficiently in the public interest.

4. Integrity and transparency

Newsport will avoid publishing material which has been gathered by deceptive or unfair means unless doing so is sufficiently in the public interest.

Newsport will ensure that conflicts of interests are avoided or adequately disclosed and that they do not influence published material.


Newsport also adopts the Australian Press Council’s recent revised Statement of General Principles clarifying:

  • the principle that reasonable steps must be taken to ensure that factual material is accurate and not misleading applies to the material of that kind in all types of article;
  • the principle of reasonable fairness and balance applies to presentation of facts (including presentation of other people’s opinions) but not to writers’ expressions of their own opinion.


Newsport invites readers to report content they find offensive or inconsistent with Newsport Editorial Guidelines by utilising the 'report' button at the bottom of article pages or by email to editornewsport.comau