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Follow the leaders: How to survive a modern-day election campaign by [Keany, Francis]
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Follow the leaders: How to survive a modern-day election campaign Kindle Edition

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Length: 133 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

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For most Australians, Federal election campaigns are 33 days of TV ads, the occasional radio or TV news story, or wondering why a friend has posted a newspaper story on Facebook, all leading up to the cake stall on election day.

For the journalists, photographers and camera crew who make up the travelling media packs following both leaders, the campaign is not so much a festival of democracy as a test of endurance.

From wading through salmon guts in Tasmania to the never-ending search for mobile phone coverage, in Follow the leaders, radio reporter Francis Keany documents first-hand what it's like to follow the political leaders of Australia for five weeks straight on the straitened budgets facing modern media outlets.

He outlines the fatigue and stress leading up to election day in 2013, following both Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd on their high-vis tour of the nation. It is also an insight into the pressures of modern-day journalism as the media environment goes through extensive change.

Follow the leaders is more than reportage. It is a love story – of Francis and his beloved Tess and of the other journalistic couples separated and reunited throughout the campaign, but most of all, of journalists and their desire to seek the truth, even when a sausage sizzle beckons.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 472 KB
  • Print Length: 133 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Editia (25 April 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01ET86VLA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #242,456 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Tam on 2 November 2016
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Terrible. I wanted a real insider view of the campaign and was really disappointed. No goss, no real insights, nothing particularly interesting. In fact, it was laughably bad in places - the story about Tony Abbott emerging from the toilets and the author wondering whether they sat on the same toilet seat - SERIOUSLY!?!
I found the author to be quite whiny, and honestly, too many sob stories about missing his girlfriend.. mate, you were on the road for 5 weeks! How do you think soldiers feel when they get sent to war zones for months on end, leaving their children behind? You were flying around Australia, within easy phone contact! Plenty of couples do this every day, and the tales of your tears made it sound like a teenage romance. Plus it was irrelevant to the main game, the election campaign.
Perhaps the best tidbit was the use of the "pooling" technique, but this was just glossed over. I want to know who are the favoured journalists (and why) what's the politics between the outlets, how do the press secretaries pick their allies and who are they enemies. There were hints of tension between journos/outlets, but no-names given. I suppose it's because it's all recent history and the author is still in the field, so doesn't want to trod on toes.
I think I'll stick to more seasoned and connected journos' tomes in the future.
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