A response from a “journalist”

Back in January I wrote a post, that took perhaps 5 minutes to bang out comparing David Farrar’s new found passion for travel blogging and a similar but boring article written by Jill Worrell. David is of course new media and understand the audience and Jill is…well…I’ll let you be the judge, because she has sent me an email.

I never apologise for my work. Instead I always allow a right of reply and let the Whale Army decide for themselves the value of the complaint:

Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 11:48 PM

From: Jill Worrall
To: Whaleoil
Cc: David Farrar

Hi there

Someone, as people sometimes feel they must, has told me because they thought maybe I should know that you decided to get stuck into my writing.

I looked, I see it is true.

I am just incredulous that you would think I was worth the space! What on earth have I ever done that might have made me deserving of your scathing “pen”!

However, for many years I put up with a lot of shit in a newsroom and vowed never to just let it slip by. so here i am.

I never believe anyone who says it doesn’t hurt to see themselves criticised. Of course it does. So, yes I feel quite churned up that you felt it necessary to go public on what you regard as my writing inadequacies! For someone as boring as me you sure spared me a lot of time!

As to the blog, it’s a travel blog…it’s supposed to be a diary of where I am travelling. It’s designed to entertain and inform rather than be a piece of self-promotion or showing how clever I am.

And although your opinion is of course valid I tend to put rather more store on the travel writer who judged me travel writer of the year a few years back, the judges that handed me two Qantas Awards and most recently another award in the travel writers’ awards. And I’ll just keep on collecting the money from the various publishers who pay me to write for them!

I am not sure how old you are but maybe at some point in your life you will realise that straight out unkindness and personal attacks say more about you than they do about your victim and that ultimately they do you more harm than them. It’s not good for you. Ultimately I would rather end my days thinking I’d bored a few people than know I’d distressed them. If the definition of a blog has become being about to launch such personal diatribes about people like me who have never craved any kind of media attention or public profile then thank god I don’t make the grade!



PS I thought David might like to see my reply as well.

Yes, well…I am thoroughly told off now, aren’t I…Anyway I thought my readers might like to see your reply too.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.