Newcastle Herald puts gallery to shame

Brian Mitchell writes: Re. "Accidental crusader: how a regional reporter prompted a royal commission" (Thursday). A regional journo on a regional paper struggling with massive resource cuts is instrumental in getting a royal commission into child s-xual abuse, yet the highly resourced, highly paid members of our Canberra press gallery don't have the wit to get to the real underbelly of other stories of national significance. I think this might perhaps be the weakest, laziest and most immature press gallery we have ever seen, funnellers of gossip and press releases. With two or three notable exceptions, this crowd does the craft a disservice.