May 9, 2014

Six ways to fill a paper when your staff are on strike

Fairfax managed to fill its newspapers yesterday, even though its newsroom was on strike. How did senior editors manage? Crikey's media reporter looks at the tricks of the trade ...

Myriam Robin — Media Reporter

Myriam Robin

Media Reporter

Fairfax’s editors have had quite some practice over the years in how to make do when their journalists decide to down tools, as they did on Wednesday to protest against a decision to axe most of the company’s photographers and several dozen more jobs. They returned at 3pm yesterday,

The casual observer could be oblivious to the fact the journalists were missing in action — there was still plenty of readable, informative content in the papers yesterday and today, even if the big names were noticeably absent.

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3 thoughts on “Six ways to fill a paper when your staff are on strike

  1. wormwoodscrubs

    “Yarns that aren’t time-sensitive can be bought out to fill the pages.” It’s ‘brought out’, just so you know.

  2. Gavin Moodie

    Persnickety part 2: excessive nominalisation.

    Rather than

    ‘All papers make use of wire services . . .’


    ‘All papers use wire services . . .’.

  3. AR

    If the constant repetition of “yarn” is indicative, it does show how little we need the dead tree dinosaurs.
    I’m not wildly keen on “oblivious to” but it’s hard to remain oblivious of Myriam’s poor grasp of syntax. And parsing. And narrative context. And… oh, well, I guess it was Friday and Eurovoid beckoned…

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