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Tasmanian Times launched in 2002 in the tradition of dissenting Tasmanian journalism, drawing inspiration from the first great Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald, John West (b. 1809). West had a strong association with The Examiner, founded in 1842. He successfully used its columns as a vehicle of dissent to promote the abolition of the transportation of convicts to Van Diemen’s Land.
West wrote this in his History of Tasmania (1852): “The newspapers of this hemisphere were long mere vehicles of government intelligence, or expressions of the views and feelings of the ruling powers. Malice or humour, in the early days, expressed itself in what were called Pipes—a ditty, either taught by repetition or circulated on scraps of paper: the offences of official men were thus hitched into rhyme. Thus, the fear of satire checked the haughtiness of power.”
Journalism in its infancy was not a business whose primary aim was to make money. It wished to inform, to rage against injustice or inequality; to challenge Masters and Overseers and cartels of power and influence. It was a beautiful thing, so wonderfully described in veteran journalist Donald Knowler’s In New Media is Grub St reborn
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Mass sackings at Mercury newspaper
The editor of Hobart’s Mercury Newspaper has confirmed there will be a mass layoff of staff.
Garry Bailey says most of the paper’s sub-editing and layout will now be done by a central operation in Melbourne and the paper’s sub-editing staff will be offered voluntary redundancies.
14 editorial staff were made redundant from the Mercury last year - Mr Bailey says no reporters, photographers or artists will lose their jobs this time.
“As I told the staff last week myself and another senior member of editorial staff went to Melbourne to look at that centre and just see how it operated and whether we could fit in,” he said.
“We’ve come back with a bit of a plan but nothing concrete - this is a considerable exercise to find out if indeed there are efficiencies and what the costs might be.”
The union representing newspaper editorial staff - the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance - held a stop work meeting at the paper yesterday to discuss the implications.
Media Watch, Jonathan Holmes: HERE