An idea for The Gurnard

I see David Fisher is travelling the country looking for stories to celebrate the 150 years of the Horrid being published in New Zealand.

An epic journey to the heart of New Zealand is underway in search of Kiwis’ greatest stories to celebrate the New Zealand Herald‘s 150th anniversary.

The anniversary in November will see the stories showcased, along with other special events to celebrate the newspaper’s birthday.

Reporter David Fisher and photographer Mark Mitchell set out from Cape Reinga tomorrow morning. They are due in Bluff about October 8.

Why don’t they do a story lamenting the twin disasters to befall Granny Herald – the rapidly approaching death of print media, and the appalling fall in standards of the Horrid’s staff?

A case in point is this from the very same article.

herald bomb

Biased writing, interviewing their typewriters, sloppy fact-checking, incorrect photos, personal vendettas and crusades, the list goes on and on, but ultimately reveals the incontrovertible proof that “decent journalists, trained and skilled” are nowhere to be found – at least not at the Horrid.

They will need another churnalist though to look into the selling of a newspaper’s soul to aid and abet the criminal machinations of a dodgy fat German.

Now those would be a great story.

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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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