Stuff's Poor Journalism

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 8-Nov-2007 06:48

While looking at stuff this morning the headline screamed out at me

"Power outage blamed for 111 malfunction"

You could be mistaken for thinking that there was a failure of the 111 system couldn't you? But no there wasn't, all that happened was that one of the three communications centres for the Police and New Zealand Fire Service suffered a power fault last night which resulted in all calls being diverted to Wellington and all communications with Police and Fire being handled in Wellington. This is something that is planned for and regularly occurs during training for such an event.

There was no malfunction of the 111 service. There was a malfunction in the communication centre that handles Police and Fire communications.

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Comment by chiefie, on 8-Nov-2007 07:51

And there is a malfunction in the Stuff's so-called journalists... Poor poor poor quality exhibited by the Stuff journalists. p/s: was that link supposed to be linked to Stuff's website?

Comment by Bung, on 8-Nov-2007 08:26

Rather than sqawk about journalism standards, this is the bit to be worried about

"The malfunction was caused by a power outage after routine maintenance to power and back up systems, police communications centres spokeswoman Debbie Corney said."

Comment by freitasm, on 8-Nov-2007 09:02

I don't think it's "poor" journalism. It's just the way they are told to write.

Yesterday I was speaking at the TUANZ Internet conference and the session before mine was with Bernard Hickey, Head of Fairfx Digital (Stuff, Trademe, etc).

It was interesting. He bashed bloggers and blogs, sometimes out of context. But more interesting is that he said with all words that headlines are important. So that's what they do. Tease people with headlines but no substance in the content.

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*VoIP (Voice over IP). I work with various brands of hardware and PBX's on a daily basis
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