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SMH writer Philipson goes out in a blaze of glory

Graeme Philipson, author of the Next column in the Sydney Morning Herald’s IT section, certainly managed to go out in a blaze of glory yesterday. In a a valedictory piece headed “Farewell from a freedom fighter”, he told readers:  

“I have been writing about the IT industry for more than a quarter of a century, and doing this column for more than ten years. But this is my last column,. This section closes this week, a victim of changing times. IT journalism is moving to the Internet.”

Or is it? A small clarification appears on page 2 of the SMH this morning:

“Yesterday’s column should have said the Herald’s IT section, Next, will continue to run in the business pages each Tuesday.”

graeme-philipson-farewell1Meanwhile, Philipson’s offending column has been removed from the SMH archive, replaced with a not found message. However, at the time of writing, the link to it still appears on the home page of smh.com.au’s technology section.

Still, at least Philipson still appears to love the Herald. On the links page of his personal website, he describes the SMH as “still the world’s best newspaper”, while sister Fairfax title The Age is, slightly more begrudgingly,  “Melbourne’s attempt at a quality newspaper”.


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