By Devon McGillicuddy
I saw a video montage this week that had been tweeted by ABC journalist Siobhan Heanue.
The video montage was of entries submitted to the 2013 Nikon-Walkley Awards for excellence in photojournalis
The message in Heanue’s tweet rings true on many different levels.
In recent weeks we’ve seen huge stories from investigative journalists Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker.
Follow these links to find them.
When I saw the RBA article in The Age and the accompanying report on Four Corners I said to my friends this is why we need journalists.
In my last blog for Media Musings I’m going to say to you the reader that journalism is important and we need to support it so it can carry on supporting us.
Do you think it would be fair for McKenzie and Baker to work for free to bring you huge stories that have taken months of investigation?
I’m going to assume you said no.
If McKenzie and Baker shouldn’t work for free then why shouldn’t you pay to see the articles they produced?
When The Age announced they were going to be introduce a pay wall this year Fairfax chief executive Greg Hywood said it was a part of a plan that would hopefully see them save $60 million.
Paywalls are an new way for publications to make money from their online editions and therefore carry on paying their journalists.
Journalists are not replaceable. The video montage and the McKenzie, Baker articles show the work journalists do is not only important but it is skilled.
You cannot do what journalists do if you do not have the knowledge and the skills.
When you pay for your news by subscribing to just one media outlet you’re supporting journalism and I’m going to go as far as saying you’re supporting Australia.
You’re supporting a group of people whose main aim is to bring you the news that you need (to steal a line that seems only too fitting here) to keep the bastards honest.
On that note I’m going to finish by saying if you don’t buy a newspaper regularly or you don’t subscribe to an online edition, do it, because in Australia we need journalists.
If you don’t want to take my word for it then take Jonathan Holmes’ word for it. Click on the link below and skip to the 11 minute mark.