Reporting without favour
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.