Skip To Content

    For Everyone Who Remembers MX, The Aussie Newspaper Everyone Would Read On The Train Home

    RIP to a legend.

    Not to sound extremely old™, but back in the day when I would commute to and from university, there was a free newspaper distributed at train stations, bus stops and even the major CBD intersections in the afternoon.

    Cold War Kids / Via

    "What's so good about a free newspaper?" — I hear you ask. Well, this wasn't just any newspaper, it was mX.

    A hand holding an edition of mX
    Isha Bassi / BuzzFeed

    For those still scratching their heads, mX was a daily Australian newspaper that was founded in 2001.

    The mX logo
    mX Newspaper / News Corp / Public Domain / Via

    It was owned and produced by News Corp.

    Starting off in Melbourne, but quickly expanding to include Sydney and Brisbane editions, the newspaper was targeted at commuters looking for a source of entertainment from the dreary train, bus or tram rides home.

    And as someone whose train journey took almost an hour, it was, truly, a saving grace from the boredom of looking out the window or trying to get some sleep in the musty, overheated carriage you were in.

    While mX covered news and the like, their best sections had to be the ones that featured reader contributions.

    A picture of the inside of mX showing news stories
    Isha Bassi / BuzzFeed

    There was "Vent Your Spleen", where people SMSed (yes, they TEXTED in) complaints, comments and thoughts.

    Got so excited MX newspaper was back that I participated in their "vent" column! Heheh ☺📰❤

    As well as "Overheard", which was devoted to the most humorous and bizarre conversations that readers had eavesdropped on.

    A photo of mX's "Overheard" section
    Isha Bassi / BuzzFeed

    But, my personal favourite was "Here's Looking At You", where people wrote in messages to those they had seen on public transport and had fallen in love with, or just wanted to anonymously compliment.

    A collage of various "Here's Looking At You" submissions featured in mX
    mX Newspaper / News Corp / Via

    It did hinge on the slightly creepy, but most of the time it was a whole lot of fun to read over the submissions and see if, perhaps, you were the girl with the brown bag who caught the 5:11pm train to Hornsby from Central station.

    A picture of "Here's Looking At You" submissions in mX
    Marcus Wong / mX Newspaper / News Corp

    Plus, it got real juicy when someone actually replied (!) and tried to set up a date. Alas, this was never me, but I lived vicariously through this section.

    On the subject of love, there was also the "Lost In Love Section", which was basically relationship advice.

    A closeup of the "Lost In Love" section in mX
    Isha Bassi / BuzzFeed

    As well as the "Brainwave" section, which had the puzzles, sudokus and all that, but also the horoscope "Should I get out of bed this morning?".

    A photo of mX's "Brainwave" section featuring horoscopes, puzzles and sudoku
    Isha Bassi / BuzzFeed

    They were always dreadful, but I devoured them anyway.

    Plus, who could forget the sprinkling of random "What the?" news.

    A close up of some "What the?" news in mX
    Isha Bassi / BuzzFeed

    And the TV guides they used to include, because Netflix or other streaming platforms just didn't exist yet!!!

    A photo of the TV guide as seen in an mX newspaper
    Isha Bassi / BuzzFeed

    Oh, what a time.

    TBH, mX was a cultural moment for Australians. It not only gave commuters their daily dose of news, goss and entertainment, but it was truly a sight to hop onto the train and see everyone engrossed in the latest edition.

    A stock image of train carriage with stick people sitting down on the seats and reading mX
    Getty Images / BuzzFeed

    Obviously I don't have an image of everyone reading mX, so please enjoy my (very accurate) artist interpretation.

    That and trying to fight through the bustling peak hour crowds at the ticket gates, so you could claim a copy from the person distributing it. Or, if you were lucky enough, you could pick one up from their dispensers.

    An mX newspaper dispenser on the street
    Flickr: Ash Kyd / Via Flickr: ashkyd

    I wonder if these still exist???

    If you were a good person, you would most likely leave your mX on the seat for the next round of passengers. But more often than not, they would be mass-dumped into the overflowing train station bins.

    A stock photo of a bin at a train station with mX newspapers drawn in
    Getty Images / BuzzFeed

    Once again, a very accurate artist depiction done by yours truly.

    Although, if you're like me, you sometimes saved the special editions because it felt like you were collecting a part of history.

    Isha Bassi / BuzzFeed

    Flashback to 2012 when there was a full solar eclipse in Australia.

    That's why it was so devastating when news hit that mX was shutting down, with their final edition being printed on June 12 2015.

    A hand holding mX's final edition
    Isha Bassi / BuzzFeed

    So, rest in peace mX (2001-2015). You were truly an Aussie legend that made all of our commutes infinitely better and we will never forget you. 💖

    mX's final edition
    Isha Bassi / BuzzFeed

    Nostalgia Trip

    Take a trip down memory lane that’ll make you feel nostalgia AF

    Newsletter signup form