Newswire writers have denied they're resting on their laurels
A spoof Petersfield news website has been lambasted by its reader for ‘resting on its laurels’ and has been accused of ‘lazy journalism’.
Petersfield Newswire, which has squeezed a tiny bit of humour out of the East Hampshire town of Petersfield for more than a year now, has failed to post a new, hilarious contrived story for more than a week.
And town jeweller Matt Tress, who paid 50p for a three-year subscription to the website, is aghast.
“I’m aghast, “ he said. “I paid 50p for a three-year subscription and they haven’t posted a story this week.”
He also accused the site’s administrators of lazy journalism, claiming they simply regurgitate quotes as reported speech to pad out a story.
He added: “Very often the site’s administrators simply regurgitate quotes as reported speech to pad out a story. I think they are resting on their laurels because they have been mildly successful in the last couple of weeks.”
A spokesman for the site’s owners denied they were resting on laurels and refuted suggestions of lazy journalism.
“We deny we’re resting on our laurels and we refute suggestions of lazy journalism,” said the spokesman.
“For a start we can’t afford laurels and we would never go so far as to suggest the site contained any journalism. We are, however, working to rule following the proposed rise in tuition fees.
“We have an empathy with students and decided to show our support by following their example – not working for a week and drinking cheap cider and eating Pot Noodles. Unfortunately for the media in this country abnormal service will resume soon … when we can be arsed to do something.”