An email from a decent journalist

A reader of the blog emails…he is a journalist of 30 years and the Editor of a local newspaper with a circulation of 22,000. He has given permission for his name to be published because he is outraged over the actions of NZ Herald staff in manufacturing stories.

He writes:

Just read your story re Herald setting up a story.

As a journo for the thick end of 30 years I am simply gobsmacked.

NEVER have I seen anything like this.  

My son has talked about becoming a journalist, something I was proud to hear.

But now I’m not. This needs to be presented even more widely than your blog, Cam, and it should be mandatory reading at every journalism school in the country as to what we have to change if we ever want to be proud of our careers again.

Maybe I have been naive over my entire life, but I truly believed journalists played a fine role in society.

I can hardly begin to say how disappointed, gutted, and ashamed I am over the industry I have loved since I was eight years old.

Nigel Ward
Editor – Waiuku Post


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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.

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