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Dancing on the graves of my enemies

By johnboy - 20 June 2012 30

The Beast this morning was awash with furious agreement on how wonderful the Canberra Times is and old dinosaur Jack Waterford was in to lament the future loss of his long boozy lunches (aka “quality journalism”).

So as a part of the pernicious new media tearing down the model I’d just like to say YIPPEE!

Waiting for the cut announcements at the Canberra Times is a bit like Christmas around here.

We started this site 12 years ago in part because we thought the Canberra Times did a terrible job.

(And while we’re here I’d like to say that in 8 years in the parliamentary press gallery I was constantly struck by the laziness, ignorance, and self indulgence of the Fairfax newsrooms where you could safely fire a shotgun most mornings before midday)

We don’t think it’s improved. The plummeting circulation suggests the public agrees with us.

Frankly what 80 editorial staff do out there is a mystery for what they produce.

Yes we do link to things that paper does. (Lucky we do as they periodically nuke their content leaving only our quoting for posterity).

When we do we acknowledge our source.

They lift a hell of a lot from us too, but at best refer to us as “the internet” or “a canberra website”. And we’re not the only place they steal from.

There is an inherent dishonesty at the heart of australian print journalism. The internet has allowed the public to see the report, the media releases, and the transcripts, and come to see that inherent dishonesty.

We all deserve better than that.

The cosy club of powerful people used to controlling absolutely what you were allowed to know will bemoan the passing of the ancien regime.

Roll on the future for the rest of us.

UPDATE 20/06/12 14:23: Christmas deferred it seems. The announcement is going to be next week.

But the CT to remain a broadsheet.

What’s Your opinion?


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Dancing on the graves of my enemies
Postalgeek 1:16 pm 20 Jun 12

Im starting to feel a bit of a chump paying to support media sites like Riotact.

We should piss off all professional journalism and thrive off what amateurs can muster up in their spare time and media releases.

I demand perfection and I deserve it, so bugger putting money towards this sort of stuff.

Aaroncbr 1:08 pm 20 Jun 12

Good to see you took the high road.

poetix 1:07 pm 20 Jun 12

Garçon. Merde on a baguette that’s annoying when it does that.

poetix 12:57 pm 20 Jun 12

As the heads fall, Johnboy sits knitting, discussing the justified executions with the other tricoteurs:

Jean le gar?on: Ah, but the heads make the funniest sound as they leave the fat, overprivileged bodies!
Other one (Tim le Tam?): Indeed. Yet it is the way that they roll that adds piquancy, n’est-ce pas?

thehutch 12:45 pm 20 Jun 12

I like reading the paper (I own a tablet) but I prefer the paper version. I also enjoy reading the riotact. I think both forms of media compliment each other.

I don’t get any pleasure watching one form of media enjoy the demise of the another form of the media. Especially when it includes local jobs.

I think everyone knows that the paper industry as it is will not be the same in 10 (even 5) years time. Who needs to gloat?

pajs 12:22 pm 20 Jun 12

The other point I take from the Jericho piece is the importance of getting everyday news gathering and reporting right. Accuracy is fundamental to trust. I’d pay $ for more media where the content is accurate and can be trusted. More or less long-form, deep-investigative reporting, doesn’t matter to me as much as doing a good job on the everyday stuff of journalism. This means fact-checking, accuracy, research, making an effort to get a range of sources, allowing rights of reply in stories…

I’d pay for the Riot Act, Crikey, mainstream papers etc if they got the everyday stuff right.

Funky1 12:04 pm 20 Jun 12

Gungahlin Al said :

I think Greg Jericho summed the current situation up well:
http://grogsgamut.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/fairfax-and-g20-visits-what-do-we-need.html

An anonymous blogger (for good reason) doing it for nothing and with a huge following, who was outed unnecessarily by a former CT journalist on a salary, I note.

Just read this blog too. Great insight into what the Aussie media has become and that Trust, not Information, is the new currency.

Mysteryman 11:28 am 20 Jun 12

johnboy said :

Christmas and New Years Days aside there is barely a day in the year something is not announced in Parliament House before midday.

Every other news organisation up there had plenty to be getting on with, including other newspapers.

Fair enough. I don’t spend a lot of time around the press gallery so I’m not sure what they actually get up to up there – apart from leaving gear all over the hallways.

Gungahlin Al 11:15 am 20 Jun 12

I think Greg Jericho summed the current situation up well:
http://grogsgamut.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/fairfax-and-g20-visits-what-do-we-need.html

An anonymous blogger (for good reason) doing it for nothing and with a huge following, who was outed unnecessarily by a former CT journalist on a salary, I note.

johnboy 11:11 am 20 Jun 12

Christmas and New Years Days aside there is barely a day in the year something is not announced in Parliament House before midday.

Every other news organisation up there had plenty to be getting on with, including other newspapers.

Mysteryman 11:08 am 20 Jun 12

And while we’re here I’d like to say that in 8 years in the parliamentary press gallery I was constantly struck by the laziness, ignorance, and self indulgence of the Fairfax newsrooms where you could safely fire a shotgun most mornings before midday

That wouldn’t have anything to do with the fact that most days are non sitting days, and as such there isn’t a whole lot going on at PH?

Jim Jones 10:56 am 20 Jun 12

All hail the new flesh.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 10:54 am 20 Jun 12

Nice one.

arescarti42 10:46 am 20 Jun 12

Long live independent media!

Down with vested interests pedaling influence under the guise of journalism!

tonkatuff82 10:31 am 20 Jun 12

Here here JB

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