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23, 2008
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Farewell, Michael
By Frances Pratt
KALGOORLIE Miner editor
Michael Gorey today bade fare-
well to Western Australia’s only
Jihad at an end
THERE was rejoicing among local public broad-
regional daily newspaper. casters with the resignation of intransigent Kal-
Michael has taken the position goorlie Miner editor Michael Gorey, signalling the
of Editor in Chief of several pub- end of the two year ‘jihad’ against the Australian
lications in Mt Gambier, South Broadcasting Corporation.
Australia. The media blackout was proclaimed in 2006
In his time at the helm of the when journalist Simon Frazer unaccountably
Miner, Mr Gorey increased circu- chose to accept the opportunities offered by the
lation, boosted picture sales and national broadcaster rather than keep writing My
even made it onto the ABC’s infa- Pet features.
mous Media Watch. Mr Frazer was attracted by the lure of rubbing
In trouble with the director of shoulders with such celebrities as former Miner
public prosecutions after publish- colleague Christien de Garis, reporter Tara de
ing background facts which had Landgraft and manager David de Kennedy.
not come up in a gold theft trial, Mr Gorey was enraged by this second example
Media Watch tore strips off of a rival media organisation poaching his staff. He
Michael, who took it all in his responded by poaching Jarrod Lucas from the
stride. Golden Mail and banning all professional contact
“There was nothing inaccurate with the ABC.
or misleading about our follow- The immediate effect of what soon became
up report. Other media including known as the ABC jihad was the cancelling of Ben
ABC radio, the Australian and Creagh’s Monday morning sports wrap, the end of
now ABC Television have been Ron Berryman’s appearance on the First Tuesday
happy to add the extra detail, Book Club and the shelving of a pilot for a quirky
which was self evident to our seaside drama written by Ben Anderson.
readers,” he retorted in a letter to It is believed the title of “jihad” can be traced to
the program. The long goodbye: Back from left, Ben Anderson, Deputy Editor Anne Skinner, Tim Sadleir, Darren Mr Gorey’s promise that any other Miner journal-
Miner staff concluded Michael Jonker, Jay Rooney, and Travis Anderson. Middle from left: Georgia Loney, Zoe Rudder, and Jasmine ist committing the “apostatsy” of leaving for the
had reached a pinnacle in new- Heale. Front from left: Frances Pratt, Beau Pearson, Natasha Boddy and Nadene Parsons. ABC would be “beheaded and stoned in the name
spaper editing. Photo: Kellie Lewis of the Prophet Trish Seeney (Blessings be upon
“You’re not a real editor until her)”.
you’ve been on Media Watch,” and encouragement Michael has was thankful to his editor for his Sub editor Tim Sadleir said he Despite this, employees such as Lisa van Oyen
subeditor Ben Anderson said. given me during the few months I faith in his ability. would miss Mr Gorey’s quirky and Ngaire McDiarmid continued to be heard
Unfortunately, Michael’s resig- have been here,” Anne said. “His “Thanks for the job mate,” Jar- headlines. occasionally on the ABC.
nation has not left editorial staff drive and enthusiasm – not to rod said. “Michael had a love of interest- They no longer work for the Kalgoorlie Miner.
lost for words. But where Michael mention his quirky sense of Recent recruit Jasmine Heale ing headlines, now I have to come Mr de Kennedy said he welcomed the news.
is concerned, the words have been humour – will be his new wished Michael luck in his new up with them all on my own,” he “We get most of our stories from the Miner, so
nothing but kind. Deputy editor employers’ gain and our loss.” role but said she would miss said. it’s nice to be able to talk to the journalists now and
Anne Skinner said Michael “I wish him and his family all working with him. “It is a sad From everyone at the Kalgoor- then,” he said.
would be greatly missed. the best for the future.” farewell, he was a great boss,” she lie Miner, farewell and good luck BEN ANDERSON
“I really appreciate the help Sports reporter Jarrod Lucas said. Michael, we will miss you.

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