Q News (Australian magazine)
|Former editors||Toby Longhurst|
|First issue||December 2000|
Qnews is a gay and lesbian (LGBTQI) magazine published every second Friday, based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It is a privately owned company. It was launched in December 2000 and was originally printed as a tabloid newspaper,, after the demise of Brother Sister in November 2000. The current publisher is Richard Bakker, who was born and grew up in Queensland.
Qnews is Queensland's only gay fortnightly lifestyle magazine that caters exclusively to the important niche gay, lesbian and trans community. The magazine reports on current news and events with a focus on Queensland. It also covers style, entertainment, theatre, movies, health, the social scene, music, film, and competitions.
Qnews serves well over 100 community groups, many of which are provided with a free listing via a website developed just for community groups. They also offer businesses the ability to list their business online via another website for LGBT people seeking LGBT welcoming businesses.
Qnews currently has over 240 distribution points, mostly throughout Queensland and Northern New South Wales, and allows free listings via a website, providing information to the LGBT community.
There are over 120,000 regular readers of Qnews, including the printed version and online version. Their total reach is to around 200,000 people on a regular basis, if factoring in the social media connects via various websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Instagram, plus e-blast newsletters. Qnews has grown its digital connect over recent years, with print runs giving way to online website readers. More and more people read Qnews via the website as they were one of the first Australian magazines to publish the entire magazine online and have constantly built an online readership.
Outlets for the printed version cover Queensland and Northern NSW extensively with the highest concentration in Brisbane and South East Queensland. The magazine has limited distribution in Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide. Qnews is distributed to more than 240 cafes, nightlife venues, hotels, bookstores, arts venues, education centers and libraries. 92% of the distribution is off scene (away from gay venues), hence Qnews reaches a wide demographic of readers with a variance of ages and wealth.