Xmas at the Auntie’s

Tweet from the ABC’s Lucy Carter ‏(@lucethoughts):

“According to one long time staffer here, if you’re working in the ABC Newsroom on Christmas ‘you’re either new-ish or Jewish.'”

Gold.

Merry Christmas, all.

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Tackling the media scrum

HAVE you ever seen a throng of journalists, photographers and TV crews – armed with their microphones, iPhones, recorders, notepads, cameras and boom poles (aka “furry things”) – frantically scramble around someone on the street? That’s a media scrum.

This budding reporter loves a media scrum. They can be quite chaotic – and sometimes even physical – with pushing, shoving and chasing involved. Here’s a glimpse into what it’s like:

“Hold your line,” a cameraman says as Mel B is about to leave Waverley Local Court. The media pounce. The cameras go into a clicking frenzy, reporters follow the former pop star as she gets into a car, accompanied by a police officer. “Could you not put that in my face,” she tells a reporter.

“Give us a gap,” Lara Bingle’s bodyguard tells the media as she enters court, his arms out protecting the model and reality TV star. There’s pushing. “I’ll give you a gap, you give us a gap,” a French paparazzo replies.

When Kathy Lin (whose husband, Robert Xie, had his bail overturned today, on Christmas Eve) leaves court, she is distraught. In tears and holding her husband’s lawyer, the media still chases her down the street, cameras and microphones in her face. “What will Christmas mean this year?” a reporter asks her.

The moment Maddie Pulver and her family leave court, below, it’s chaos. Reporters are telling reporters from other channels to get out of the camera shot, cameramen are telling reporters to put down their microphones. There’s shouting. There’s commotion. And it’s all being captured on live, national television.

Huge media presence as collar-bomb hoax  victim Madeleine Pulver makes a statement outside court in Sydney.

Huge media presence as collar-bomb hoax victim Madeleine Pulver makes a statement outside court in Sydney.