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CityNews, how it works

By johnboy - 17 May 2007 15

The following came in via a moderately outraged source and we thought it was well worth a run:

Yes for $500 your picture and the blurb of your choice can languish on the inside pages of a publication sitting in a garbage bin.

That’ll make you look “strategic” and stuff.

I like stuff.

What’s Your opinion?


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15 Responses to
CityNews, how it works
miz 4:52 pm 19 May 07

‘Strategic’ has to be the most annoying word. My boss uses it approximately 30 times per meeting. Aargh. It’s meaningless.

emd 2:08 pm 19 May 07

Maybe women in the real estate business might find this CityNews advertising useful. Because real estate ads are one of the few useful things in CityNews. But women in other kinds of business might find it more useful to pay for advertising where their target market are reading.

Ozhair 2:52 pm 18 May 07

Sorry che, I actually shoulda known better. What can I say, other than “It’s Friday!” 🙂

Maelinar 2:47 pm 18 May 07

RESPEKT THE CHE

che 12:13 pm 18 May 07

hmmm, I must have been too quiet of late for OzHair to think I’m Jorian

Mael do your stuff…

johnboy 11:09 am 18 May 07

“Like the positive story with 13 pages of pictures about the Jesters Ball? I’m sure it was a great event, but isn’t that fairly blatant promotion of an advertiser?”

Are you really that stupid Stan? I mean you’ve said countless unbelievably bone headed things about advertising here, (Hey well done, in part your negativity looks like paying off!) but this really takes the cake.

Firstly: this is the web, extra pages do not take up a proportion of a finite number of available pages. Therefore the number of pages in the article is not relevant. If you do not understand this then shutup. Seriously.

Secondly: A positive article AFTER a one-off event has the sales value of tits on a bull.

Thirdly: Why we did it? Because everyone who went to the ball trawled through thirteen pages of adviews to get there. Everyone who knew someone at the ball did likewise (and in this town that’s pretty much everyone). Also everyone who wanted to see what the fuss was all about or just see the pretty pictures.

Unlike CityNews or the Canberra Times we have to go out and earn our eyeballs from scratch every single day and a story with lots of pictures of Canberrans all dressed up and having a good time is this little thing we call POPULAR. And we need more of it.

Ozhair 11:08 am 18 May 07

“We don’t try and pass them off as news”

Ooh! Is this a comment from somebody at City News? Who, praytell, would this be? Surely not Jorian himself?

che 10:39 am 18 May 07

We don’t try and pass them off as news

stan_bowles 9:49 am 18 May 07

“it’s fishy to have a breathlessly positive article about a business with an ad for that same business appearing on the same page”

Like the positive story with 13 pages of pictures about the Jesters Ball? I’m sure it was a great event, but isn’t that fairly blatant promotion of an advertiser?

DavidM 7:29 am 18 May 07

Don’t forget the excitement of reading Jorian Gardner’s “political” “reporting” (I love how he has two headshots — one with a tie to show he’s a serious reporter, and one without for the arts pages.)

ant 10:10 pm 17 May 07

It’s purely advertorial, and it’s patently obvious. That said, an awful lot of people don’t read critically and probably buy what they’re pushing, and don’t comprehend that it’s fishy to have a breathlessly positive article about a business with an ad for that same business appearing on the same page!

bigred 9:44 pm 17 May 07

I read City News while waiting for takeaway injun at the Blue ephelant. Never remember what it says.

el 7:42 pm 17 May 07

I don’t generally drink cocktails. Can I hang out in a Fyshwick car yard on a Thursday night anyway?

johnboy 7:28 pm 17 May 07

And you’ll be eligible to win the chance to go to a cocktail party in a Fyshwick car yard.

el 7:25 pm 17 May 07

I like looking strategic.

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