In stark contrast to the Ageâ€™s abysmal lack of coverage (it ran on page 5 yesterday) of Cyclone Yasi, itâ€™s been amazing to watch the Herald Sunâ€™s insightful and sensitive coverage that recognised this event for what it is.
Theyâ€™re even putting out an 11AM edition to bring Melbourne readers up to speed with the shocking aftermath of the cycloneâ€™s 250km/h winds which have utterly devastated some of the most beautiful parts of Australia.
We understand that special arrangements have been made by Herald and Weekly Times to get the special edition to CBD outlets before lunchtime today. Thereâ€™ll be about 20,000 printed and are expected to sell-out.
Putting out a daily newspaper is an awesome effort at the best of times, this special edition though is a great credit to those who burn the midnight oil in the HWT building and printing facility to make it happen.
Itâ€™s the fourth special edition like this the Herald Sun has put out in eighteen months under the enlightened editorship of Phil Gardiner and Simon Pristel including ones on the demise of Michael Jackson, the elevation of Julia Gillard as PM and Tiger Woods talking about his love of the ladies.
A brilliant effort by the paper that is clearly not only Melbourneâ€™s best but the countryâ€™s finest.
Naturally, the Age has not put out a special edition, although did manage to put the Cyclone Yasi on the front-page today.