I’ve heard it a few times in the past couple of weeks.
“The media makes Mandurah look bad.” “Mandurah has a bad reputation and it’s the media’s fault.”
“It’s the media calling us the meth capital of Australia ...” You get the picture.
I’ve heard these words spoken in public – a couple of times when I’ve been just feet away from the person speaking such words – and I’m calling it.
It’s not true.
It’s rubbish, in fact.
And, as the editor of Mandurah’s biggest – and, in my opinion, best – news source, I’m sick of it.
Every week we champion the causes of local organisations and individuals trying to make a difference to our city.
When a metropolitan news outlet calls us the welfare capital, we’re right there to set the record straight.
Not once have we ever referred to Mandurah as ‘Methandrah’.
We love our city.
Besides, what possible purpose would it serve for us to push an agenda ensconced in negativity about Mandurah?
Nope. That’s not on us.
Of course we will publish bad news from time to time. That’s part of our job.
If there’s a crime spree – we’re on it. A murder? Or a terrible assault? We’re all over that, too.
But trust me, we take no joy in covering any story that puts Mandurah in a negative light.
So let’s lay off the media bashing, okay?
Especially in a public forum where such statements do only harm, and no good.
If you feel Mandurah needs a public relations makeover, start with yourselves.
We are each potentially the best ambassadors for our city.
We do our best to bring you positive and inspiring stories every week.
Yet it’s the bad news that consistently outranks the good for online readership.
Do yourself a favour. Share an interesting story you find on our website.
Spread the word.
Mandurah is actually great.
But it’s up to all of us to promote the city and its beautiful surroundings.
Blaming the media for what you perceive as the root of Mandurah’s negative reputation won’t solve anything.
It’s lazy, and it’s about as far from the truth as you can get.