While most Australian tabloid newspapers wouldn’t shy away from a good story related to penises, it seems that in 2014 the NT News ran any story related to penises. And the stories didn’t even need to be relevant to the Northern Territory, or even Australia for that matter.
Searching for the keyword ‘penis’ on their website returns over 900 results. Some of the penis related articles published in 2014 involved fast bowler scratchings, funny signs (with a later follow-up piece), penis shaped termite mounds and trees, which all at least had an Australian context, to frivolous overseas stories associating penises to milk cartons, clouds, tourist maps, grafitti, birds and even the innocent milky bar treat. At least story on a botched circumcision had a slightly more serious health/risks of cosmetic surgery angle.
The story on the penis shaped running route map prompted a facebook follower of the page going by the name of ‘Woodie’ to call them out on their penis fetish with the following comment:
Does NT news have penis envy? Always stories with penises. Thought it was a newspaper, not a nudespaper!
Of course, the NT News could not help themselves by responding to the comment by emphasising the user’s unfortunate name:
We cater to what our audience love Mr Woodie.
We eventually discovered that the reason for their prolific penis pennings in 2014 was because the NT News had hired a dick joke correspondent, we daresay being the first newspaper in the world to do so.
We wonder if, in the interests of gender equality, we can expect the hiring of a vagina joke correspondent in 2015? Or perhaps once they have gained a following with the jokes they could bring some attention to some serious men’s health issues?