About Western Independent

Western Independent publishes news stories produced by journalism students at Curtin University, in Perth, the capital of Western Australia.

Curtin’s long-established journalism program has always had a student publication. For many years it was a newspaper that operated under various different masthead names including City Focus, Southern Focus and Fremantle Focus. It finally became Western Independent and switched from a newspaper to an online news site in 2015.

We welcome story submissions via email from Curtin journalism students and alumni.


Unless otherwise stated, the articles published within the Western Independent website are held under copyright by their creators (Curtin journalism students and Curtin alumni). This copyright does not extend to any embedded content, unless otherwise stated.

Article publication and communication is performed by Western Independent under private individual agreement between the creator/journalist (who retains all intellectual property rights) and Curtin University (who is granted a licence to host and publish the material).

For article reuse queries please contact WI editor Sarah Taillier: sarah.taillier@curtin.edu.au

If you are a copyright holder, and believe that content made available on this site infringes your copyright, please notify us using the take down notice web form at https://www.curtin.edu.au/copyright-statement/.