News and advertising - like chalk and cheese

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 06 September, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 06 September, 2008, 12:00am

Who says the integrity of the city's news media has been compromised since the handover? One unfortunate incident shows some newspapers, at least, are keeping a 'Great Wall' between their editorial and advertising departments - to an extent they don't seem to talk to each other anymore.

An English-language newspaper - not this one - splashed on the Thai protests this week with the headline: 'Go at your own risk'. Right next to it was a huge ad for travel agent Sunflower, advertising its special package tours to Bangkok and Phuket. We couldn't imagine the travel agency being terribly happy about that.

Last week, the same paper carried a property ad featuring a beautiful model standing under a steeply inclined tree. Right next to it was a full report and picture of a tragic freak accident in Stanley in which a university student was crushed to death by a falling tree.

Always report news as it happens and let advertisers be damned. This probably doesn't do much for revenue but it makes me proud being a hack in this great city of ours.