To say that reporting standards at Fairfax have deteriorated is to state the obvious. With perhaps the exception of The Australian Financial Review, which we’ll let slide for now, most of the ‘Business’ content on The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and equivalent mastheads around the country is written by 22-year olds with degrees in click baiting. I don’t even log in anymore, despite having a paid subscription. Steve installed a site-blocking program on his computer specifically to stop himself visiting the SMH site. That’s what I’d call a customer problem!
Readers like Steve and I are, no doubt, no longer the target market. So I guess it’s no surprise that one of the few remaining high quality biz journalists got the boot on Friday. The journalism that Michael West practices, or practiced, is the sort that requires resources, including lawyers. But it’s also one of the few reasons to bother reading.
Last day today. Told my skill-set not aligned with Fairfax strategy going forward. #sacked
— Michael West (@MichaelWestBiz) May 13, 2016
Best of luck Westy, wherever you end up next.
Perhaps Steve can follow up with a part 2 to this post, explaining how to install siteblocker software.
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