Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

If We Get It Wrong, We'll Fix It

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

If We Get It Wrong, We'll Fix It

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ONE of the worst things about being a journalist is the annual trust surveys that traditionally have us somewhere near the bottom, alongside car salesmen.

Thankfully, politicians generally inhabit the rung below, meaning journalists and motor industry representatives have something to be grateful for.

Trust, for any business, is something you must have if you are to sustain your model. In the media sense, we should be relatively well-regarded in this country. There has not been a scandal of the likes of the British phone-hacking.

But it doesn't mean we do not make mistakes. That's why it's puzzling sitting on the sidelines as one of the country's most trusted titles, News Ltd-owned The Australian, engages in an unseemly spat with the print media's watchdog body, the Australian Press Council.

Since the beginning of August, The Australian has written more than 20 articles, and almost 15,000 words, critical of the Press Council.

If the editor deems the body worthy of coverage, the articles should be fair, balanced and accurate. …

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