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Question: Do you think that the image that the press creates for the Douglas Ewart is right?

Asked by sarah to Alastair, Elaine, Jane, Sandra, Ted on 27 Sep 2010 in Categories: . This question was also asked by chris.

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  • Photo: Sandra McDowallSandra McDowall answered on 24 Sep 2010:

    No, I don’t. I think the good news stories should be published as well but the press are often reluctant to do this. Good news, I’m told, doesn’t sell newspapers.


  • Photo: Elaine MurrayElaine Murray answered on 24 Sep 2010:

    I’m not familiar with what the media are saying about Douglas Ewart, Sarah, as its not in my constituency. But I hope that the press don’t give the school a bad reputation because that’s so demoralising for staff and pupils. We should celebrate good news about young people more rather than concentrating on the bad


  • Photo: Jane MaitlandJane Maitland answered on 25 Sep 2010:

    Hello Sarah. I read the Gazette over the summer, projecting rather a good image of the Ewart – it was reporting school successes and that building was ongoing. I waspleased to see that.

    Earlier in the year, i read that there were suggestions that pupils were littering at lunchtime. I think there were a couple of letters about it.

    Criticism, if unfair and public can be very corrosive for a school. I think it’s important to ask why it’s happening. is there any justification for the community being cross?
    So overall, if there is bad press coverage, I am sure you will be hurt and annoyed by it especially if you have nothing to do with the reason for it, but I don’t think it’s all bad.

    Incidentally, the papers are desperate to print good news stories with good pictures that the community will buy> why not contact them to discuss your concerns if you have any?


  • Photo: Ted BrownTed Brown answered on 26 Sep 2010:

    Sadly Sarah, the press are often more interested in selling newspapers by the use of sensational headlines than they are in balanced and truthful reporting.

    One way to counter this tendency and if that is the case with the “press image” of Douglas Ewart, is for the pupils themselves to write counter balancing letters to all the local newspapers.

    Pupils at Lockerbie Academy did that very successfully, in response to an SNP MSP’s much quoted and ill informed criticism of Lockerbie.


  • Photo: Alastair WittsAlastair Witts answered on 27 Sep 2010:

    Sarah, I don’t know much about this, as I represent Dumfries. However, I know that the press can sometimes be a bit unfair and if, for example, a pupil at a school got drunk and in trouble with the police one Saturday night, that does not mean that all the pupils at that school are badly behaved. If it’s any comfort, I’ve never heard anything bad about the students at the Douglas Ewart.