New Bird for Australia

To: Alan McBride <>, Birding Aus <>
Subject: New Bird for Australia
From: Chris Sanderson <>
Date: Mon, 8 Nov 2010 13:34:11 +1000
Hi all,

I'm sure many of us have had our own experiences with the media getting
things wrong, but I guess I'd like to chip in a small defense of
journalists, who are often asked to cover stories about issues they know
nothing about and expected to be instant experts.  It is also important to
note that what a journo sends to their editor often only ends up bearing a
passing resemblance to what is actually printed, so many of the mistakes
that creep into articles may actually occur in post-production through the
hands of someone who didn't even create the source material.

Having said that there are few things more frustrating than being misquoted
or having a small but important fact or detail mangled in an article when
some basic fact-checking by the author could have prevented the error.


On Mon, Nov 8, 2010 at 1:20 PM, Jill Dening <> wrote:

> Alan,
> I've been interviewed on many occasions by the local Sunshine Coast media
> about local shorebird matters, and on every occasion but one they have got
> vital things wrong. And I always take the trouble to explain the difficult
> details. I'd say on that basis that there'd have to be something out of
> kilter with a very large number of stories in the general media. I
> especially wonder about this when I am reading the business news, because it
> takes a bit of time and intellect to get your head around economic and
> business news.
> I used to wonder if my colleagues reading the stories quoting me thought I
> really said what is reported. Now I couldn't give a toss: nothing to be done
> about it.
> Jill Dening
> Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
> 26° 51' 41"S    152° 56' 00"E
> On 8/11/2010 12:27 PM, Alan McBride wrote:
>> Absolutely agree Keith. Knowing how they cock this sector up makes you
>> wonder about the rest of the "news"!
>> A
>> On 08/11/2010, at 13:25 , Keith Brandwood wrote:
>> They are mostly stupid in my opinion Alan, but by far it is that they are
>> ignorant of the facts and can not make the effort to find out. Obviously
>> they don't realize that there are a whole population of birdwatchers out
>> there reading their stories and thinking "what idiots" otherwise they would
>> get it right.

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