The work of three senior News Crap Australia reporters during the recent federal election has been recognised by Australia’s universities.
The heads of university journalism courses in all states and territories have decided that their 2022 annual national awards should acknowledge the standard of newswriting during the election campaign by The Australian’s editor-at-large Paul Kelly (centre in picture), News Crap’s national weekend political editor James Campbell, (left in picture) and The Daily Telegraph’s federal political editor James Morrow. (far right and also in picture)
Chair of the judging panel for the prestigious Combined Universities’ Newswriting Trophies, Professor Henny Jonningham (pictured) said all three News Crap Australia luminaries richly deserved their trophies which were appropriately shaped to reflect the recipients’ output.
“CUN Trophies go to only the most deserving newswriters and this year the election coverage provided by these three News writers made it very easy for the judges but very difficult for staff of any other outlets to have a chance at winning in any category,” Prof Jonningham said.
“All three winners stood out for their efforts to deliver the sort of balance in their newswriting demanded by their proprietor.”
Prof Jonningham said Mr Kelly had been awarded a CUN Trophy in the highly competitive category for ponderous pontification while Mr Campbell had been singled out for recognition in the stentorian bombast section.
“The Daily Telegraph’s James Morrow has been awarded his CUN trophy in an entirely new category we had to invent for him – the comedic newswriting category,” she said.
“The judges were simply floored by Mr Morrow’s very inventive approach to his work. We all thought it was a stroke of genius for him to create and write as a far right-wing blatantly biased anti-Labor character delivering ill informed, badly researched stories often ignoring essential facts.
“All of the judges got a big laugh when reading through the clippings of his election campaign stories which are all outlandish send-ups of genuine news reports.
“One judge did suggest we shouldn’t reward heavy parodies like Mr Morrow’s work because they might be mistaken for real journalism.
“However, the overwhelming majority of the panel felt that nobody who understood even the basics of real reporting or journalism ethics would ever make that mistake,” Professor Jonningham said.