OnPoint by Keith Ng

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Pants != Journalism

Hey NZ Herald. Thanks for proving the point that professional dress and professional behaviour don't go hand-in-hand.

Today, they ran one news story and two opinion pieces on the unprofessionalism of Laura McQuillan's pants. Kirsty Cameron's piece had, as a pull-out quote:

"..your dress should reflect your credibility and acknowledge the environment."

"Credibility" is kinda ironic, because on that same page, they stole a picture off Twitter without attribution, said McQuillan worked for Radio NZ (actually the NZ Newswire, and previously for RadioLive), and said she was asked to leave the court by the judge (she was asked to leave the press bench by a registrar, so she reported from the public gallery). How did they get all this wrong? Because neither Cameron nor the reporter who wrote the news story called McQuillan (though John Drinnan, to his credit, called her boss) and got the entire story off Twitter instead.

Hey NZ Herald. Before you criticise someone else's pants for being unprofessional, perhaps you should make sure that your work isn't.

Disclaimer: I am friends with McQuillan through our mutual association with Salient. I do not own, nor have I ever owned, sequin pants.

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