The subject of MSM versus new media has often been debated on the blogosphere, and while I have never argued that blogging or citizen journalisn will fully replace mainstream media, I think it does serve as a valuable addition. I was struck this week, after reading an article in the Evening Echo (yes I know it’s a local tabloid, but still), that if I had written the same piece on my blog, it wouldn’t have been long before I was discredited. Judge for yourself:
Business section, Evening Echo, Page 12, January 11th 2006.
Aer Lingus to increase service to Cork
Aer Lingus is to base a fourth A320 aircraft at Cork International Airport from June.
The additional aircraft will facilitate three new routes to Berlin, Birmingham abd Tenerife.
This latest increase in services will bring to over €100 million the investment made by Aer Lingus in Cork to-date, and will result in a further 300,000 seats into and out of Cork on an annual basis.
In addition to the new services from Cork to Berlin and Birmingham – both three times weekly and Tenerife once a week – additional frequencies will also be added to existing Aer Lingus routes from Cork to Nice, Warsaw, Amsterdam, Alicante, Malaga and Rome.
The developments were welcomed today by the airport management board which also disclosed that a record 202,764 people used the airport during December.
This represented an increase of 51,702 passengers, or 34.5% on December 2004 figures.
The board also confirmed that Aer Arann plans to immediately increase its daily service Cork/Dublin service from four to five flights. Further information and booking details are available at aerarann.com.
Ryanair also operates a daily Cork/Dublin service, as well as a twice daily service to London Gatwick. Further information and booking details are available at ryanair.com.
Passengers should note that Ryanair operates a strict check-in procedure on all flights, with check-in desks closing 40 minutes prior to take-off. Passengers must also be prepared to produce photo ID for inspection for all Ryanair flights, including domestic flights. Acceptable forms of photo ID are a current passport, driving licence, or national identity card.
Jet2.com is currently operating a direct service to Newcastle. Flights start from as little as 14 € one-way, inclusive of taxes.
Further information and booking details are available at Jet2.com.
Malev Hungarian Airlines currently operate a Cork/Budapest service four times a week. Further information at malev.com.
Airport management would like to remind passengers to allow plenty of time for check-in – at least one hour and 30 minutes before scheduled flight departure times, and at least two hours and 30 minutes before charter flight departure times.
Passengers are asked to limit hand luggage to one item, and to refrain from placing sharp items in hand luggage.
Now tell me what you think might be wrong with that article. If it was by a staffer I might understand, but it was written by the Deputy Editor of the paper.