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The Beaconsfield mine disaster and the evolution of chequebook journalism


Goc, NE and Bainbridge, JG, The Beaconsfield mine disaster and the evolution of chequebook journalism, Australian Journalism Review, 30, (1) pp. 99-112. ISSN 0810-2686 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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Using the reporting of the 2006 Beaconsfi eld mine disaster in Tasmania as a case study, this paper explores the changing nature of chequebook journalism and the shift towards the consumerist model of entertainment news in Australia. The paper argues that the media’s coverage of the disaster was a major turning point in the evolution of chequebook journalism in Australia. The moment miner Todd Russell, one of two survivors from the disaster, asked then-Channel 9 CEO Eddie McGuire to "tell me how big your chequebook is" on national television in response to a question about an exclusive interview, chequebook journalism was outed. Seldom before in Australia had a member of the public been so up-front about their monetary value to the media.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Communication and media studies
Research Field:Journalism studies
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Information services
Objective Field:News collection services
UTAS Author:Goc, NE (Dr Nicola Goc)
UTAS Author:Bainbridge, JG (Dr Jason Bainbridge)
ID Code:54246
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:English, Journalism and European Languages
Deposited On:2009-02-13
Last Modified:2010-05-25
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