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The Beaconsfield mine disaster and the evolution of chequebook journalism

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

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Abstract

Using the reporting of the 2006 Beaconsfield mine disaster in Tasmania as a case study, this paper explores the changing nature of chequebook journalism and the shift towards teh 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, chjequebook journalism was outed. Seldom before in Australia had a member of the public been so up-front about their monetary value to the media.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Celebrity news, chequebook journalism, Beaconsfield mine disaster, Eddie McGuire, Channel 9,
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journalism Review
Page Range: pp. 99-112
ISSN: 0810-2686
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2009 03:04
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:56
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/8462
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