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    Posted: 27 June 2006 at 3:38pm

Dear Forum,
Reporter Sean O'Hare here. Thinking about starting
a column similar to the one Sarah used to write
when she was here. It would report on my attempts
at dating the opposite sex. Anyone out there that can
suggest local places/opportunities for this to happen
, please get in touch.
Sean.
Buckinghamshire Advertiser news room.
If you have a story, give the team a call on 01753 888333 or e-mail bucksnews@trinitysouth.co.uk
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 June 2006 at 3:48pm

Also are you in anyway related to Captain Bucky O'Haire!...that would be soo cool!

My avatar is discribed as "doggy"...its not quite what i had in mind..
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 June 2006 at 11:06pm

Well this puts me of the advertiser straight away. As a reporter, can you not come up with a big bright idea of your own, Sarah, done it read the book, stared in the video, oh please come up with something witty and random of your own, even if its what you ate for breakfast last week and what you think the following week will hold. Sean get a life

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 June 2006 at 8:19am

I get fed up with newspaper columnists detailing their private lives.  Is this what sells newspapers these days?  Well, not to me as I rarely buy newspapers.  For heaven's sake there are blogs for this - for those who really want to know - rather than wasting trees.

I say keep private lives and work separate.  Or bore your work colleagues!

 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 June 2006 at 9:46am

I appreciate your responses, despite them being on
the negative side. Yes, Sarah did write a similar
column but what you fail to realise is that mine would
be from the opposite side of the track. A
twenty-something boy (bearing in mind we are trying
to attract the younger generations to buy) writes
about difficulties finding time and opportunities to
meet similar aged girls. If you read the paper you will
also realise my style differs wildly from that of
Sarah's. By writing her column under the holistic
heading 'life and stuff', would you not agree that there
remain very few subjects to be explored - unless,of
course, you wish me to perhaps investigate the
possibility of life after death, of which I can assure
you I know even less about than love. Helen, maybe
I will take up your idea and write about my thoughts
on the coming week. We are here to serve you, so
any other topics you would like to see discussed in a
column, please let me know. Sean.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 June 2006 at 11:00am
Originally posted by jessama jessama wrote:

I get fed up with newspaper columnists detailing
their private lives.  Is this what sells newspapers these days?  Well, not to
me as I rarely buy newspapers.  For heaven's sake there are blogs for this
- for those who really want to know - rather than wasting trees.


I say keep private lives and work separate.  Or bore your work
colleagues!


 



Now this is interesting. One of the first bits I read of a newspaper are the
columns.
I always loved Julie Burchell because even if she annoys me, she makes
me think.
My weekend starts with Zoe WIlliams and Jon Ronson.
For me columns are light relief. I enjoyed writing mine, but was equally
glad when it was over and never really stuck with the brief anyway.
More bouquets than brickbats from the public too, which was nice.

As long as something is funny and offers from light relief then why not.
That's what the arts and entertainments section is for after all.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 June 2006 at 11:11am
I rarely buy the Advertiser - too little news, too many houses for sale that are unaffordable. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 June 2006 at 11:24am

I'm still not convinced that columns about the writer's personal life are relevent in a newspaper.  Ok, Sarah, so it is in a different section so maybe my idea of arts and entertainment are different. 

Sean says "bearing in mind we are trying to attract the younger generations to buy" so perhaps I am just too old.

 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 June 2006 at 11:39am
Think about the national newspapers you read, do you avoid the columns
in there too? Clarkson's great (when I read him)

A newspaper is a balance of news, entertainment and life. All national
newspapers have columns, red top tabloids, mid market tabloids and
broadsheets. After all, each publication has to cater for the wide and
varied interests of its readership.

In recent weeks I've been greatly amused by a letters page discussion in
The Guardian Weekend about a particular recipe in the food section which
offended some readers. Further readers have gone on to say they weren't
offended by the recipe, but find World Cup coverage offensive.

You can't please all the people all the time, but in the entertainments and
arts section to try to entertain, and inform about entertainments.
The Guide isn't just a 'column', but a multitude of pages designed
coverage to appeal to as many people as possible.

Just look at last week's - film, theatre reviews, food, gardening. I'm sure
some people don't like it, just as some do. It's a case of trying to please
most of the people, most of the time.

I'm not a reporter any more, and I'd just like to add my comments are my
own opinion and should not be considered the opinion of all journalists.

Not enough news.... hmmmm..This one always brings out a reaction in
me.. as when I was a reporter I spent my 50+ hour working week
generating news.
Once I challenged members of this forum to say what they thought the
Advertiser wasn't covering.
After being given a list of issues I came back half an hour later with a list
of dates and page numbers where all these stories had been covered and
were continuing to be covered.
Journalists aren't psychic..but hard working and extremely productive. It
takes a special kind of person to be devoted to the job. Anyway.. just my
personal view.. unofficial.. etc.

Each to their own and all that.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 June 2006 at 11:49am

Originally posted by phisch21 phisch21 wrote:

too little news, too many houses for sale that are unaffordable. 

Perhaps there is too little news that you are interested in, rather than too little news? As for unaffordable houses, is this the Advertisers fault?! Crikey, I didn't know they set the house prices round here.

I used to be with it. But then they changed what it was. Now what I'm with isn't it, and what's it seems scary and weird.
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