Drawing the line

media dinkus

And now, we wait

Are there any sub-editors left at any newspaper in our great nation? Or are reporters now responsible for writing, editing, checking, and casting a legal eye over all of their own copy?

These thoughts came to mind when reading a story (main picture) in The Courier-Mail, Brisbane’s daily tabloid, last Thursday about some lawyers who are in hot water over their alleged fraudulent handling of clients’ cash.

It’s alleged the chaps would leave bundles of cash for each other in hidey-holes around their office — under keyboards or in “office draws”.

If that was meant to refer to in-house raffle draws, or footy tipping draws we invite The Courier-Mail to contact us and we will publish a full and unconditional apology.

Commercial priorities

A newspaper will usually place on its front page the story or stories it believes will interest its readers the most.

Stories that might have made page one but didn’t for whatever reason generally placed on pages two or three, and those that follow close behind.

It doesn’t always work that way, but it’s usually how it happens. It’s all about priorities.

So those in The Bug’s media watch team were somewhat taken aback by the September 12 edition of the Townsville Bulletin which carried a front page story about the death of a popular local teacher in a tragic car crash.

Page two had a big story on new council regulations for dangerous dogs — a significant development for many readers.

tvlle bully 120919 p3Then page three carried an item about a local Girl Guides clubhouse being put off-limits for safety reasons. Genuine community interest there.

Page three also carried a smaller single-column story about anti-Adani coal mine protests and a rather large picture story about how great it would be for you if you subscribed to the paper online (pictured).

Really? A commercial puff-piece on page three? Surely there were other bits and pieces of real news that could have filled that important space.

A glance at subsequent pages showed there clearly were.