Congratulations to the crew at the Northern Territory News, worthy winners of this week’s coveted Wankley Award.

On Thursday this week, every newspaper in the world (or so it seemed: check out Crikey‘s day-after survey here) filled its front page with images and words dwelling on the inauguration of US president Barack Obama. Not in the Territory.

Why focus on the change in leadership of the free world when you have a court story of a man videoing himself mast-rbating while driving at speed with a esky full of pot? That my friends, is real news. (The guy, by the way got three years for the pot, and had his car, esky and video camera seized.)

So, while they might settle for this in New York:

This is what makes a real front page in Darwin (the Obama stuff took out pages 16 and 17):