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287 – Port Lincoln Times

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In this week’s episode of The Adelaide Show, we stop the presses and chat about country newspapers with the editor of Port Lincoln Times, Billie Harrison.

This week, the SA Drink Of The Week is actually a trio of beers from Beer Garden Brewery in Port Lincoln.

And in the Musical Pilgrimage, we have a track from Eyre Peninsula duo, Kitty and Mike.

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Running Sheet: Port Lincoln Times

00:00:00 Intro
00:00:02 SA Drink Of The Week
EPA Eyre Peninsula Ale, Captain Porter, and Original Sin Coffee Stout are the SA Drinks Of The Week.
00:05:10 Port Lincoln Times

Most of us have grown up with access to a local newspaper. Whether it’s your state newspaper like The Advertiser or your local Messenger, we have taken for granted the fact that these papers are always with us. But in recent years, papers have continued appearing, disappearing, merging, etc, and while it always comes as a shock, the history of newspapers is one in which the game of musical chairs is always playing. Enter the Port Lincoln Times. Although it’s stood the test of time since 1927, it’s absorbed other papers while watching neighbours come and go. To reflect on this and the life of a journalist in a country newspaper, we’re joined by Billie Harrison, editor of the Port Lincoln Times.

At the time this podcast goes out, the Port Lincoln Times will be celebrating its 92nd birthday, having started on August 5, 1927. The history of newspapers is littered with closures, amalgamations, etc, why has the Port Lincoln Times survived? Is it due to geography?

Its original goal was to to entertain and instruct by giving the whole of the news of the district which it serves, and to give it brightly, briefly, accurately and completely. Let’s tease them apart:





Why do we need a country newspaper? What would this community be like without one

Most papers have soft spots. I was in our local Messenger as a little boy with a hammer in Marion Shopping Centre, the Advertiser has its Adelaide Confidential pages, and most country papers have their human interest soft story pictures. What role do they play – is it storytelling or is it guaranteeing circulation?

How do you deal with difficult stories in a small community?

What do you do if you pick up a lead at a bbq?

What is the editorial framework you use to decide what IS and IS NOT news?

When should a local paper be an advocate and when just a neutral observer?

What do you think of Media Watch?

Do you think Media Watch is stuck in a romantic notion of papers being for the social good rather than just another business?

The Auscast Network wants to know what is the proper use of quotation marks for speech in Australia? Single or double?

Is Shorthand still needed?

What’s your first memory of it?

What drew you into journalism?

How would you counsel something thinking of entering journalism? And what is the ideal age?

Favourite stories?


00:54:00 Musical Pilgrimage
In the musical pilgrimage, we have a track called Get Control by Kitty and Mike.
Their facebook page is not quite ready but available here – – and you can find Mike at Soundcity, a licensed small venue and boutique music shop in Port Lincoln –

Here’s this week’s preview video:

Video will be published soon

SFX: Throughout the podcast we use free sfx from for the harp, the visa stamp, the silent movie music, the stylus, the radio signal sfx, the wine pouring and cork pulling sfx, and the swooshes around Siri.

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