Chasing in all directions

To be a good journalist, you must have a chronic case of curiosity
(Lyn Barnes, 2016)

After our first into week of Principles of Journalism, there was one quote that had really stuck in my head. It was pearl of wisdom from out course leader Lyn Barnes, and a quote that I believe captures the essence of why journalists do what they do.

In looking at the role of journalists this week, we were introduced to the idea that news was originally an acronym of the four cardinal directions, relevant in the age where communication came through travellers. [It must however be noted that upon further research I found that we had been misinformed as to the origin of the word news, and infact a range of spellings existed for the original word, and the very same term in French “les nouvelles”, translates as the plural of “the new”]. Although somewhat misleading in the accuracy of the meaning behind news, the philosophy of a multidirectional approach remains relevant.With this in mind and on the look out for a story, I’ve done my best to actively pursue my curiosity.

On Wednesday I happened to be at a bar on Karangahape rd that was visited a number of times by a pair of police constables. Now an occasional bar visit is to be expected from police as they patrol our city, especially in upholding licensing laws and public safety, however this visit turned out to be more than a simple walk through. While I was there, the bar was entered three times in the space of an hour by these constables, each time wandering all the way through and disappearing out back for a short time only to return back to their car outside to sit for a while. As I left they were still outside standing by their car, and even had a second patrol car arrive as I departed. My curiosity was piqued, but at the time I was more interested in getting home to bed. The next day I tracked down the phone number of the central city police station and made attempts to contact them over the incident. However nothing was to come of it, a dead end was reached.

Another issue caught my eye of recent too, however it was a story more of the garden variety, especially in Auckland. I’ve noticed that ever since the pavements in Mt Eden village have been extended along the double decker bus route into the central city, traffic issues in the centre of the village have become horrendous. This is the result of the failure to re-zone the allocated parking areas. With a wider pavement pushing the parking further into two lane road, blocking movements into the second lane as soon as two cars in a row are stuck at the lights waiting to turn right. Nevertheless in depth stories on the finer details of Mt Eden village traffic jams due to a lack of foresight from the city council and Auckland Transport are not high on my list of compelling news.

A more promising subject has reared it’s head though, in the form of a dishevelled old theatre and music recording studio. The Crystal Palace was once a thriving movie theatre and music hall, a cultural icon in Mt Eden, however it now lies empty bar the occasional dust up for small concerts. I have more poking around to do in terms of scouting out what’s going on with attempts to revitalise the old building, so the plan for now is to continue to stick my nose where it doesn’t belong.

 

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4 thoughts on “Chasing in all directions

  1. Enjoyed both your posts, Sean, and to see that you are developing a good ‘news nose’. Best check the Crystal Palace has not been written about recently… I recall something. Now you need to focus on your street, rather than the bigger picture…

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    1. Thankyou Lyn, the last coverage of the crystal palace was a year ago in relation to a documentary made about it and it’s history in an attempt to drum up some enthusiasm and encourage a refurbishment of the venue. It’s just round the corner at the top of my road, does it not fit the criteria?

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