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A good mix
We bring you all the world and
local news – both good and bad.
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Grab a newspaper, peruse
its pages, and what do
you find? A myriad of
articles and illustrations.
What a mixture they make! A
new portrait of the royal family
stares you in the face. The report
of a rescue from a blazing car in
Takaka sits opposite the results
from the Wakefield Garden Club’s
flower show. A Waimea College
student has been selected for the
NZ Secondary Schools’ Choir.
There’s a thoughtful piece on
Australia’s migrancy problems.
You can check movements in the
NZ Stock Exchange. Hello, a
Cabinet minister denies
allegations of indecent behaviour
in a Wellington bar! Oh no, an
outbreak of influenza may hinder
the All Blacks chances on
Saturday. Here’s a nice one – a
Stoke grandmother gives her big
Lotto win to charity.
Old newspapermen used to say
a newspaper must include ‘‘a good
mix’’ of stories and articles to
attract the widest possible
audience. Anyone opening a
paper should find something that
invites them to read.
The Nelson Mail has followed
this rule throughout its 150 years.
Veteran Mail journalist and
sometime editor Bill Moore said
in a 2003 address that he wanted
to ‘‘put out a paper that people
don’t buy just out of habit, but
because they are looking forward
to a good read every day... It
should have something in it for
everyone, young and old, and it
should be reliable, fair, accurate
and stimulating’’, Moore said.
But no secret formula exists to
produce that ‘‘something’’.
Instead, there is that magic three-
worded code – a good mix. The
possibilities are as many as the
range of interests among
Another key element in
newspapers is ‘‘people stories’’.
People are interested in people.
Readers can identify most easily
with ‘‘people stories’’.
A fine example of a ‘‘people
story’’ ran in the Mail on May 29,
1999. It details the life of retired
seaman Bill Clark who came
ashore and for the next 39 years
lived on the desolate Boulder
Bank, that natural breakwater
between Nelson Haven and the
The story relates that Clark
bought a dilapidated bach on the
bank and rebuilt it. He collected
driftwood from along the bank to
burn in his stove for heating and
cooking. He rowed to the
mainland for his mail and his
groceries. Newsworthy? No.
‘‘He was a seaman and the
Boulder Bank has an appeal to
some seamen. It gives you the
feeling you are at sea even though
you are not at sea, and it’s a
steady bed,’’ the Evening Mail
story ran. No, not an important
news report but, reading it, you
can almost hear the ancient
mariner’s voice drifting on the sea
air, taste the salt in his breath,
feel the longing in his heart.
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