A familiar feeling

MUST be a tough life doing the diary pages on the nationals: Get in. Read local papers. Go home.

Take last week”s Daily Telegraph which tells us that Sue MacGregor, the former presenter of Today, has raised concerns about big screen football being shown in Regent’s Park. Is it just a coincidence that Sue said exactly the same things to journalist Jamie Welham calling from the Camden New Journal days earlier? What are the chances of her coming up with the exact same quotes when the Tel rang her up?

Nobody where I work is naive enough to find a bit of lifting surprising. It happens all the time. The journalism food chain can work both ways, sometimes locals stories sprout from national stories. I guess it just might be nice if The Telegraph did what other nationals have done in the past and credit which paper provided the inspiration for their diary notes.

3 Comments on A familiar feeling

  1. Albert Shanker // February 15, 2010 at 9:37 pm //

    The fact is that you both suffer from the same malady, i.e. when a celebrity says something it matters so much more than anyone or anything else.

    You might say that it’s a fact of life in the PR trade, certainly I’ve formerly advised people to ‘get a celeb on board’, but you do ask yourself why after a while (government/big business is not innocent either, mind).

    The coverage of the Whittington, for example, was last week obsessed with getting Phil from Eastenders etc etc to say what they thought.

    I wonder if in future years, when some really difficult decisions have to be made on public finances, the media will continue to flock to Michelle Collins on London health policy, or Jonny from Razorlight on how we should tackle Mugabe?

    I suppose at least they are expressing a view, rather than getting paid – like Giles Coren did by the Town hall to promote our high street shopping or whatnot a few months ago.

    • Andrew Marshall // February 16, 2010 at 11:16 am //

      I sympathise with your annoyance at this “lifting” by the nationals. It does come down in part to how the public is going to fund proper reporting, investigative journalist etc. It can’t all be replaced by citizen journalism..

      Albert Shanker as usual is well informed about Camden affairs. But he’s quite shy about meeting in person. Perhaps he’s too busy going to Labour party ward selection meetings in Camden!

  2. Albert Shanker // February 16, 2010 at 1:06 pm //

    If Cllr. Marshall is so interested in transparency, then why won’t he tell us how much money Camden paid Giles Coren to shop for organic food with the Leader?

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