The year is not yet half over but jubilant executives at Channel Nine Sydney’s newsroom believe they’ve got one of journalism’s top awards in the bag – the papier-mâche Walkley for dangling participle of 2020.
Their confidence is probably justified after last night’s lead story about autistic teen Will Callaghan, found safe and well after spending two nights in near-freezing temperatures in thick forest on Mount Disappointment north of Melbourne.
Let’s now revel in reporter Charles Croucher’s excellent Walkley nomination: “Carried to a waiting ambulance, volunteers had been asked not to cheer; instead they hugged!”
A bit like Will’s rescue itself, the words might have been Charles’s, but the pride shown by Peter Overton (at top) reflects what a fine team effort this excellent dangling participle was.
What’s 54 billion dollars between friends, or indeed if you’re one of Australia’s finest business writers/commentators?
In The Australian on Tuesday, Judith Sloan was at pains to isolate the Morrison government from any blame whatsoever for the massive shortfall in the cost of the JobKeeper program.
Hey, we’re not too critical, When you work for Rupe, that’s what you do.
She’s railing against Treasury mistakes that are letting down Australians (that’s code for her her beloved Scomo) as the nation recovers from COVID-19.
But as Media Glasshouse is gleefully pointing out (above right), the Sloan rager makes a big mistake of her own in the first para, costing the JobKeeper error at the almost pocket-change figure of $6 billion.
Only one of Australia’s top business/finance writers could drop that much lolly without even blinking.
As the relatively new online newsite InQueensland strives to make its mark as a professional and balanced news source, it remains prone to silly little mistakes that some pedants – oh, okay, us! – pick up from time to time that we feel detract from that noble aim.
Call the Media Glasshouse dinosaurs from the old-age of journalism if you must, but there was a time when the plural of things meant more than one. Example: I have a cat. That’s one. I have cats. That’s … well … more than one. Two at least.
So we were very keen to read the InQueensland yarn based on the top-of-the-home page teaser shown above. One poll showing that Labor can’t win the state election in October would concern that party’s supporters.
But news that polls – more than one, right? – had consigned Labor to the opposition benches would make those folk very worried indeed.
Enough, already! You’ve probably already guessed how many polls the story dissected.