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Panpa Bulletin : August 2011
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This includes the development of a media sector, currently running on the smell of an oily rag but working hard to find its feet. It has received a lot of help from Australian journalists. Colleague Ashley Roach and I travelled to Dili in early July – with the support of Nikon, PANPA and the World Association of Newspa- pers – to train news photographers. Ashley and I both spent time in East Timor as soldiers in the wake of the 1999 independence vote. We have returned several times in the intervening years. This time, we met 19 photographers for a two-day workshop. None of them had the latest or fanciest equipment. Few had SLRs in fact; and nobody had more than a couple of lenses. What they all had in spades was passion. This got me thinking about how passion is one of the most important assets in photography, indeed in all journalism. We faced a language barrier yet photography is a universal commu- nication, and there is so much more value in practice than talking. Without quality equipment, East Timorese photographers have to continually adapt and compromise. We pulled out a few tricks to help, such as using white cardboard when you don’t have a A$100 reflector; or illuminating a portrait subject with window light when owning a A$2,000 flash is a dream. The merit of a simple, practical approach should not be restricted to the less well-heeled. Keeping things as simple as pos- sible is oft-quoted wisdom within the Sydney Morning Herald photo depart- ment, too. What our 19 participants lacked in resources, they compensated for with passion. Their enthusiasm was obvious and contagious. The work of Australian journalists to help develop a robust media in East Timor must continue; and our thanks to Nikon, PANPA and WAN- Ifra for sharing this vision. An East Timorese photographer tests new techniques offered by Australian photographers, Wade Laube, formerly of the Sydney Morning Herald, and Ashley Roach These East Timorese snappers don’t have the latest flash gear, but they do have enthusiasm in spades Wade Laube is a former photographic editor of the Sydney Morning Herald Fears that NZPA’s closure would mean important sto- ries were not covered were unfounded, he said. Rather, readers would benefit as publishers competed for staff and stories. “It’s hard to see, across all the publishers, that we won’t cover that same breadth of content in a new way,” he said. AAP plays a pivotal role for both publishers, and will launch its own service, New Zealand Newswire (NZN), in early September. Fairfax will take AAP’s Australian service and APN has opted for its internation- al wire, which also includes Australian news and sport. But neither company is signing up for NZN. APN’s Mr Simons said the AAP would be “chal- lenged” to find a gap in the market “given the competi- tive nature of the two major groups”. AAP editor-in-chief Tony Gillies predicted “strong demand” from media or- ganisations other than the two publishers. Mr Gillies’ service has a 10-strong team plus stringers. NZN journal- ists would be multimedia capable, he said. “Our offering is tailored for all platforms. Our content will be any-format- ready,” he said. Former NZPA editor Nick Brown will oversee NZN, which is mainly staffed from NZPA’s ranks. Many of the agency’s 40- plus journalists have been snapped up for one of the new services. Fairfax’s Mr Thompson said: “Good reporters are like hens’ teeth so we’re all looking after our own.” The head of the New Zea- land Newspaper Publishers’ Association, which has oper- ated NZPA, said the closure would be a “sad day”. “We won’t be in the news business anymore,” chief ex- ecutive Tim Pankhurst said. “After 132 years, it will be quite a legacy. “We won’t end on a note of recriminations and bit- terness, and we don’t want that. “We want to look back on NZPA’s achievements. “The last word of the last message we send out will be ‘ends’.” Agency showdown CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 New hands on deck . . . Fairfax New Zealand has hired extra staff ahead of the New Zealand Press. The company is launching an in-house service, Fairfax New Zealand News. Yellow fever THE Katherine Times turned yellow last month to celebrate cyclist Cadel Evans’ Tour de France gold. The paper printed the front and back pages of one issue yellow – the colour of the Tour leader’s jersey – to com- memorate Mr Evans’ victory. He was born in the small North- ern Territory community in 1977, and moved to Melbourne nine years later. Katherine Times editor Mark Wilton told The Bulletin the reaction from read- ers had been overwhelmingly positive. “ The people of Katherine really got behind Cadel,” he said. The victory has inspired the local council to erect large permanent yel- low signs at the three entrances into Katherine, proclaiming the town “the birthplace of Cadel Evans: 2011 Tour de France winner”. “There are also plans to start a cam- paign to pave a bike track called the Yel- low Brick Road,” explained Mr Wilton. “It will be a 20km trail from the cen- tre of Katherine to our main tourist at- traction, the Katherine Gorge.” Ph 8972 1111 Fax 8971 0120 WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2011 Vol29 Issue 28 $1.10 OUR CADEL OUR HERO Farmer shoots cattle: P11 Tourist numbers drop: P7 Tears flow as Katherine cheerson OURTour deFrance hero:P3 ChiefMinister wants signs to mark Katherine as Cadel’s birthplace:P16 How Cadel Evans conquered theTour deFrance:P16-17 He can go back-to- b ack: P32 Gallery and videosof Cadel’svictory at kather ineti mes.com. au LM VD2 91 www.jalynford.com.au Phone Jonathan myFord Finance 8972 2128 NowAvailable Our Territory, Your Choice 2398 VictoriaHighway, Katherine Drive Away Drive Away Only 1 Only 2 $37,990 4x4 XLT Crew Cabs Ranger Runout!! $29,990 Single Cab XL 4x4 with Tradesman Alloy Tray Circulated in Katherine, greaterKatherine district,Darwin, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs and available throughout most othercentres in ourgreat NorthernTerritory. mX turns X COMMUTER newspaper mX has cel- ebrated 10 years in Melbourne. Staff at the Herald & Weekly Times threw a party in August to celebrate the paper’s first decade. The Herald & Weekly Times freesheet, which has sister papers in Sydney and Brisbane, has achieved a compound annual growth rate in circulation of 3.4 percent over the past decade. HWT managing director Peter Blun- den said the paper’s immediacy and availability were the keys to its contin- ued success. “The paper’s unique editorial style and its immediacy as an afternoon news source have been a winning combina- tion – and commuters have embraced it,” Mr Blunden said. Editor-in-chief Phil Gardner, who was the paper’s launch editor, said: “We created a unique product that was so much better than our competition and as seen over the past decade, it is still the world’s best product in terms of free commuter papers.” It’s hard to see, across all the publishers, that we won’t cover that same breadth of content in a new way” “ Wade Laube In East Timor