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Beaten, Not Stirred

It was legendary US newscaster Walter Cronkite who is reported to have said of the media in Australia: "too many reporters, not enough news". That quote came to mind when an excited Seven News wet its pants over Opposition leader Tony Abbott using the phrase "shit happens" when discussing with a US commander in Afghanistan a firefight in which an Australian soldier died. (more…)

By Mr Denmore, ago

Spoon Fed

In the olden days, journalists used to be taught to always write in the active voice. Oops. Let me say that again. In the olden days, journalism educators told their students to always write in their active voice. Whatever happened to that edict? The problem with writing in active voice is that you have to introduce at the top of the sentence the source of the action being reported upon. And if you write it that way, it can simply ruin a good story. Here are two leads for a news story. Which do you think is sexier? (more…)

By Mr Denmore, ago