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Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Sudan and Serbia

We'll try this as an email post and see how it goes. (it didn't work, I had to edit this, email posting is useless)

A piece by Poynter on Sudan and the editorial (journalistic) approach to it. The highlights from the story
  • When Sudan gets only a few column inches, how can readers understand the nuance and scope of the crises? Do
    journalists?
  • While 300,000 corpses might be a story, 300,000 people starving to death one by one seems to be a harder sell.
And from Serbia, Boris Tadic is the new President of Serbia and Montenegro in what has been covered by many news agencies as the Serbian people voicing their will to turn away from isolationist policies and hardliners, and embrace reform.

What I haven't heard from mainstream news is how close the vote really was. Tadic took 53.7%, Nikolic 45% - a difference of only 275,055 votes. Nikolic put it down to farmers taking advantage of the sunshine to plough and pick cherries, while the young people came out to vote. It's interesting that he seems to accept that young people don't support him or his association with Milosevic. Thank God for that.

The only place Nikolic beat Tadic was in Kosovo - 72% of the vote to Tadic's 27%. The next closest region was Central Serbia, where
Nikolic trailed Tadic by only 2.3% (50.4 to 48.1%). It was almost to the opposite extreme in Belgrade, however, with vote going to Tadic 60-40.

Now that I've bored you all to tears, rack off then.

I may have been a bit harsh on my employer. It's not all advertising. And I'm not actually being given the paid advertorial, although that is an aspect of what's done here and I have had to do some of it. Maybe I'm just getting disillusioned with journalism in general which, again, could be a result of being here, not anything to do with journalism per se.

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