Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Don't worry about the features, check the news

There's been some speculation in recent weeks over whether or not News Limited tabloids are about to share features between states. What there does not have to be speculation about is the way that papers are already sharing major stories. Sue Dunlevy this morning has written the page one lead previewing the budget for both the Sydney Daily Telegraph and the Melbourne Herald Sun. Steve Lewis has done the same things on many occasions recently. In one sense there's nothing wrong with the practice when the stories are significant, accurate and well written. What the bureau approach to news does do, however, is limit the choice that different political writers bring to the decision as to what constitutes significance. 
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