Well, what a sorry state of affairs.
At least here in Gloucester, mid-north coast NSW, when I email copy to
our local paper, the Gloucester Advocate, they usually paste it straight
into their copy so, unless I have had to change something, usually due
to shortage of space, any errors are likely to be mine!
However I frequently see birds misidentified in the Sydney Morning
Herald. I suppose any news is better than none.
I have worked many times with serious journalists who research matters and
don't get things wrong. The BBC have a policy where all facts have to go via at
least two (maybe three) independent people before being used. They also have a
policy on articles being read and queried prior to publication, by anyone
quoted within. Where I have worked with good journalists, such as alongside WWF
on Montara last year, they are very careful to report the facts and not to
sensationalise. I have to say, such journalists tend to be in the minority and
many seem to be employed by The Australian. But for the time being, we live in
a world of quantity, not quality. To change things, we have to stop reading the
All the best,
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