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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