Category Archives: Newspapers

Seven’s chequebook journalism

Newspapers rarely engage in chequebook journalism but Channel 7 has had the chequebook out all week.

Schapelle Corby could receive between $1.3m and $3m for her interview.

Convicted murderer Simon Gittany’s girlfriend, Rachelle Louise paid up to $150,000.

Read the full article from Rick Feneley of the  SMH – Schapelle Corby, Rachelle Louise, the Harnum family: Seven’s grubby week of chequebook journalism

The Compact Sydney Morning Herald

With over 182 years of combined media, PR and journalism experience behind them, the Townsend brothers made an event of it and examined if their beloved SMH had changed formatting and shifted too much to the right when it shifted from broadsheet to compact (tabloid for everyone not employed by Fairfax).

Their father Lewis “Lew” Townsend was the Chief Sub-Editor of the SMH (died 1955)

Not one cry of “back in my day” and all were generally pleased with the new format.

From left:  David Townsend, Simon Townsend and Steve Townsend.  All examining the first compact Sydney Morning Herald
Left to right. David Townsend 78, Simon Townsend 67, Steve Townsend 65. All examining the first compact edition of the Sydney Morning Herald