A less than excellent story
The News Corp Australia tabloid, the Sunday Mail in Brisbane, today carries a story detailing all of the News Corp Australia journos who took home a gong at last night’s state Clarion Awards.
The awards are the state-based version of the national Walkley Awards for journalistic excellence organised by the journalists’ union, the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance.
But elsewhere in the Sunday Mail there was evidence of journalistic non-excellence with two stories about a Victorian Liberal Party preselection appearing in the same edition.
But not only did the two stories (main picture) cover the same ground, one was clearly meant to run yesterday.
The page-three version (at left above) was all about preselectors meetings today, Sunday, to decide if former federal MP Sarah Henderson — defeated in her seat of Corangamite at the May federal election — would get the chance to head to Canberra again to fill a Senate vacancy.
But the version appearing on page 21 said preselectors would vote “tomorrow” to decided her fate.
Other media outlets reported the vote would happen today, so that version was clearly meant to run on Saturday.
We wonder if the Clarions have a special category for that type of excellence.
A tale of two cities
The Bug’s media analysis and oversight team was also puzzled by the treatment of the Sarah Henderson story by papers in Sydney and Melbourne.
The preselection battle for a Victorian Senate spot was covered in a brief item run on page five of the Melbourne tabloid, the Sunday Herald Sun (pictured).
It carried the byline of political reporter Annika Smethurst.
But a longer version of the same story appeared in The Sunday Telegraph in Sydney.
It ran in a longer form on page 33 as the lead item in the paper’s political gossip column The Sauce which readers are told is written by Ms Smethurst and two other reporters (pictured).
We are grateful to be able to read the longer item by Ms Smethurst.
But we can’t help wondering why the more substantial coverage is cast as “gossip” in Sydney while the Melbourne paper gives it much briefer treatment when — as it concerns a Victorian Senate seat — it may have deserved greater coverage.