Why I’m no fair lady…

A blog post about New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has been doing the rounds on social media, and at a glance it’s great.

“She’s 37. She’s the youngest female head of government in the world. She’s also the first western woman to give birth while in power.”

But then with just one line it loses the point it’s trying to make.

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Things journalists do say…

The live cross to a journalist on location is a given these days, especially in commercial TV news. I don’t have too much of a problem with that providing they have something new to say.

Unfortunately though it’s often just used to show ‘they are there’ and adds very little to the rest of the report.

But more recently I’ve noticed something else that’s started creeping in to these live crosses and it’s driving me round the bend!

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Let me gift for good not guilt…

I’ve always been a person who likes to give to charities, whether it’s a major international organisation helping a country after some natural disaster or a local fund trying to help disadvantaged children.

I like to think I do my bit.

But I get really angry when, after I’ve donated to said charity, I then get bombarded with mail asking for more.

Not only that but the mail will often contain some ‘gift’ to make me feel guilty if I don’t give again.

It might be notelets, a keyring, Christmas cards or a fridge magnet – but frankly, it’s a waste of money.

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Subs’ standards slip sliding away…

There’s nothing worse as a journalist than a mistake creeping into your copy and then published for all to see in print or online.

It would appear to be much easier to correct online, although realistically once live there’s no real recall.

It may have been sent out on distribution lists or caught by screengrab or a smartphone photo and shared ruthlessly on social media (yes, I’ve done it too).

And if it’s in print – it’s there to stay.

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Finding time to take time-out…

I’m not really into this whole gratitude thing.

That doesn’t mean I’m not grateful for all the good stuff in my life, just that I don’t feel obliged to write down three things every day and then share it with everyone on social media.

If that works for you then all well and good, it’s just not my thing.

But this morning I just had to stop and really take in everything around me.

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The blistering truth…

Talking about the sun and its dangers might seem a bit strange after a weekend of heavy rain here, but frankly I don’t think there’s a right or wrong time to have this discussion, so long as we have it.

It was prompted by an article written by a journalist in the UK – where of course it’s still winter – a journalist who, like me, in her 20s liked the sun and having a sun tan almost more than anything else. Sadly to her detriment, as she’s just had the fight of her life against melanoma.

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Bah Humbug…!

If there’s one organisation in Australia that consistently makes me lose my Christmas cheer then it has to be Australia Post.

Yesterday we popped in to a local Post Office to buy some Christmas stamps, for Christmas cards believe it or not, not that big an ask surely?

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And nothing but the truth… ish…

I was out on one of my morning walks when I caught sight of a sticker in the back of a parked car:

“Is that the Truth? Or is your News Limited?”

At first I chuckled to myself as a clever dig at the Murdoch press which in Australia until recently was referred to as News Limited (now News Corp Australia).

But then I got really quite annoyed about it.

Not in defence of Murdoch, but more that it really shows a lack of understanding about what journalism is all about.

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