On a more journalistic theme, I had the opportunity to read the Australian military newspaper today. It was a good way to pass time while I waited for my friend. While they used the same attention grabbing intros that we’ve been discussing, the flavour of the stories was complete different.
The daily newspapers tend to have a very pesimistics tone; the army publication had a very positive, uplifting feel. Stories reflected achievements like days of flight without accident, battle re-enactments, and general information. The stories are clearly designed to boost morale and reassure people about the army’s role in its deployments and that it is taking care of its soldiers. It definitely succeeds; I walked away with a warm fuzzy feeling.