“Of course the truth is I, like most journalists, have a well-honed BS meter and I am simply a truth seeker,” wrote Alice Gorman, former Gold Coast Bulletin journalist.
These are the kind of words, much to its shame, we’ll no longer read in our local newspaper.
After 23 years, the Gold Coast Bulletin terminated one of the most thought-provoking journalists to have ever graced its pages.
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In that time Alice Gorman moved up the ranks from a Cadet journalist into a senior reporter and columnist, winning a coveted Walkley Award in 2004 for her unflinching coverage of the Gold Coast City Council elections.
Her final column was not run in the paper’s weekend edition so Alice turned to Facebook today to give her loyal followers an extended version.
As she observed, “the paper’s weakened financial position means it has succumbed to outside pressures. Readers and Gold Coast residents are the real losers.”
Alice has often polarised opinion, infuriated her critics and delighted her supporters.
As she should.
A pertinent quote from Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland) comes to mind; “Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”
That’s advice Alice has used as something of a trademark throughout her career.
If you would like to read Alice’s parting salvo, and if you live on the Gold Coast you should, here it is: