Comment posted Council cannot say HOW they decide on media accreditation by newsroom.
We are very happy to attend as anything. The issue is that if we revert to our proper and former status as a news and information service, we are guaranteed a place. We cannot afford to drop a day to get to Kilmory and find that we are told there is no room in the public spaces – as has happened before.
You are behind the times in terms of the nature of journalism today – and I speak as someone with 20 years of experience as a journalist, feature writer and editor, watching and moving with profound change.
The power of the internet as, by far, the major news source is that what you call ‘balance’ – which was often little more than an irresponsible failure to discriminate between the evidentially substantial and the empty sound bite – is now achieved better and differently.
We are free to come to judgment (on evidence, which we always provide to support our positions) BECAUSE anyone of a contrary view is free to express that view (evidenced or not) alongside the article in question and published by us. We are unaware of any other news organisation which has as open and inclusive a policy of comment publication as we do.
newsroom also commented
- Your observations are correct. We do not edit comments in the normal sense of what that means.
All we do is either remove unacceptable material (very rarely necessary) or remove entire comments in this vein (very rarely necessary).
- CEO Sally Louon is line manager for the communications office which is why we addressed our first emails to her. There is no operational communications manager at present.
Mrs Loudon delegated the issue we raised to Jane Fowler, whose job description and presumably experience is no great fit for such responsibility.
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