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Samson, A. (2008). A century tailor-made for remembrance. Pacific Journalism Review, 14(1): 219-223. Review of The Dom: A century of news, edited by Karl du Fresne. Wellington: The Dominion Post, 2007. 120 pp. ISBN 9780473124366.
Author(s): Alan Samson
Reviewed book edited by Karl du Fresne.
Publication date: 
April, 2008

Let's be blunt. Despite management spin and the timeline claims of this centenary publication, Wellington-based newspaper the Dominion did not merge with its sister publication The Evening Post in the big news media shake-up of 2002. That was the year when, in a shroud of secrecy but as a suprise to no one (apart, perhaps, for the timing), Wellington's afternoon paper the Evening Post gave in to everfalling circulation figures and closed. The morning paper the Dominion Post, briefly attempted to carry its sister publication's renoun for local news via a special metro section, then reverted. Fiver years later and, apart from the figure-head, Dominion Post has almost disappeared from the language. The conversation on the bus, once again, is have you read this morning's Dom?