William Shakespeare is widely regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time and one of the most important and influential people who has ever lived. His written works (plays, sonnets, and poems) have been translated into more than 100 languages, and these are performed around the world. There is also an enduring desire to learn more about the man himself. Countless books and articles have been written about Shakespeare’s life. These have been based primarily on the scholarly analysis of his works and the official record associated with him and his family. Shakespeare’s popularity and legacy endures, despite uncertainties in his life story and debate surrounding his authorship and identity. The life and times of William Shakespeare and his family have also recently been informed by cutting-edge archaeological methods and interdisciplinary…
Like most reboots, that of Australian Associated Press started with a shock.
But almost five months after news broke that the respected national wire service was to be unplugged, the reset button is due to be pressed within the next week.
On March 3, major shareholders News Corp and Nine Entertainment Co. announced the severing of their longstanding partnership with AAP, citing cost-cutting.
Some 85 years on, cracks in Australia’s media landscape had deepened but few imagined the fissures would reach the bedrock.
The question hung for months, and resonated with the likes of philanthropist John McKinnon who ultimately answered: Australia needs AAP.
McKinnon helped form a group of 35 philanthropists and investors who launched a successful rescue bid, and take the reins officially from Tuesday.
The new model, to be run as a not-for-profit, comes with change, namely the many stalwarts who won’t continue with AAP.
Among them is Tony Gillies, AAP’s editor-in-chief for the past 16 years.
“I have been inspired everyday by the culture, the skills and the commitment.”
AAP has had just two sports editors in the company’s history and one of them – Neil Harvey – is leaving, one week shy of 30 years’ service.
“It has always been a privilege working with so many talented and motivated journalists who cared more about collaborating to do a good job than bylines,” Harvey said on July 31.
“AAP has been such an integral part of the Australian landscape, I am relieved it’s continuing under new management.”
The departures and those before them leave profound legacies for the rebooted AAP, which editor Andrew Drummond said would continue to hold true to its unofficial motto: “Speed is essential, but accuracy is more important”.
That mantra was passed to John Coomber, the longest-serving of any AAP journalist with 45 years of service.
The now-retired Coomber, as was his gift, succinctly summed up AAP.
“It is the purest form of journalism. We have no political axe to grind, nor advertisers to please. News value is paramount.”
Steve Larkin in Adelaide
Focus News: Enduring Values Continue in Renewed AAP
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday continued to defend his decision to require public schools to reopen in August for in-person learning, saying he would “absolutely” send his own children back to classrooms if they were old enough. During a round-table meeting held at a school for special needs students, the republican governor restated the reasons why reopening Florida’s schools is necessary, including the difficulties of distance learning for special education students, the heavy burden on parents who have to earn a living while taking care of children, and low-income families that rely on school meals for nutrition. DeSantis moved on to say that although his children aren’t old enough, he would still feel comfortable sending them to school for in-person learning. “I would have no problem, and I would…