Freo's View


Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle herald, media, newspaper, publishing, Uncategorized by freoview on January 11, 2019


I am not sure why Andrew Smith, the owner, publisher and editor of the Fremantle Herald and Perth Voice, believes the fact that his company did not get a Federal Government grant is worth a large comment on the entire front page of today’s Chook. Is it really THAT important to the readers of the Herald and the Freo community? I doubt it.

Rumours that Smith will now publish front page comments by any Fremantle individual and company that did not receive the grants they applied for are malicious nonsense of course. ; >)

But far more important to me is the fact that Andrew Smith “had sought funding to train ‘citizen’ journalists for online publishing” So-called citizen journalism is basically amateurs doing the work for free for which professional journalists should get paid, so does that really deserve a government grant, I wonder?

Journalists are being sacked in droves by the big media companies, which are all stream lining their operations, hence there is very little difference in the reporting of the West Australian, Sunday Times, Perth Now and Channel 7, all owned by the same owner, where journos are sharing the same newsroom, and the same articles and photos are shared and published in all of the publication on-line and in print.

But to put Andrew Smith’s lament in perspective though, from 186 applicants across Australia for the new innovation fund grant, not one from WA received one, so that is indeed a worry as it feels far too much like election pork barreling.

Roel Loopers

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  1. ANDREW said, on January 12, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    The Herald paper is a RAG.

  2. Sam said, on January 11, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    Have they published the “F-word” on their front page as well? They seem to do this on a regular basis and defend it by saying “this word can often be heard in the streets!” Hardly appropriate for a free newspaper. This is the reason I always put the Herald straight into the recycling bin after it’s been delivered to my letterbox. I don’t want my young daughter reading this trash!

  3. caroline said, on January 11, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    Ps They took newly graduated journos not novices.

  4. caroline said, on January 11, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    The Herald has given a start to many new journos over the years who have become key staff and their staff go away travelling and come back and get jobs in other cities and come back. People who work there have a loyalty. The Herald has survived the well funded competition from Community Newspaper group. It IS big news as newspapers are flakey today as is retail and anything else that can be done on line. It sure is big news for the staff. The Herald needs our support.

  5. Gnangarra Lake said, on January 11, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Considering each year the Universities have many 100’s of wonderful graduates who have completed media and communication degrees. Why would there be a need to put funding into training people for an already over supplied industry.

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