Re­port­ing with­out favour

OUR SAY

Sunshine Coast Daily - - YOUR SAY - CRAIG WARHURST craig.warhurst@sc­news.com.au

IT’S been a busy week in the news­room with our team jug­gling sick­ness, fam­ily tragedy and a few curly ques­tions on ethics in re­la­tion to spon­sors and ad­ver­tis­ers.

One case was our re­port­ing of the casino is­sue while the Daily’s par­ent com­pany has a deal with bet­ting com­pany Lad­brokes.

A claim was made that we should de­clare that in­ter­est ev­ery time we write a story on the casino be­cause Lad­brokes and any new casino on the Coast would be in com­pe­ti­tion.

While News Corp does have a deal with Lad­brokes, that doesn’t in­flu­ence any news story we cover, the same way other ad­ver­tis­ers in the gam­bling game, surf clubs, RSLs, ho­tels and the turf club don’t ei­ther.

Fur­ther, the same deal is in ef­fect in Cairns, Gold Coast, Bris­bane, Ho­bart, Ade­laide and Dar­win – all towns with casi­nos.

The ed­i­to­rial de­part­ment at the Daily is run in a silo and is in­de­pen­dent of the ad­ver­tis­ing team.

Be­cause of our vast news cov­er­age in the re­gion, there is hardly a story that doesn’t af­fect one of our ad­ver­tis­ers.

While we are by no means per­fect, jour­nal­ists at the Sunshine Coast Daily en­deav­our to re­port im­por­tant lo­cal is­sues with­out fear or favour and try to do it as fairly as pos­si­ble. It’s not al­ways easy. Some­times we do get it wrong but I thank our readers for their vi­tal in­put into our pa­per.

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