Herald’s pedigree. Our report yesterday that the Labor Herald hadn’t been granted press gallery accreditation drew quite a reaction on Twitter, with Labor Senator Deborah O’Neill wondering how newspapers funded by private enterprise think they can claim ideological purity, while Fairfax gallery scribe James Massolla said he couldn’t believe the Labor Herald had tried to get accreditation at all.
But former Channel Ten political journalist (and current Labor media adviser) Stephen Spencer said Labor-affiliated papers had been granted press gallery accreditation in the past.
The press gallery’s website contains several photos of historical gallery members, including, in the 1930s, several photos which include a D K Rodgers, from the Labor Daily. Here’s one. We’ve drawn a helpful arrow atop Rodgers:
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Funnily enough, the Labor Daily’s successor is still in the press gallery today. The Labor Daily was first published under that masthead in 1923 when the NSW Labor party took over the struggling Daily Mail a few weeks after the Mail launched. In 1938 the Labor Daily became the Daily News, and in 1941, it was taken over by The Daily Telegraph. — Myriam Robin