The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age have launched an election version of their brand and subscriber marketing campaign, “You Deserve to Know”, as their editorial teams gear up for the Federal Election on May 18.
Initially launched in February, “You Deserve to Know” builds on the “Independent Always” ethos of the Herald and The Age by highlighting cases of public interest journalism where they have led the national conversation.
This next stage of the campaign highlights the role both papers have played in helping the public make sense of the policies, spin and soundbites before casting their vote on May 18.
Nine’s MD of publishing, Chris Janz said: “The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age have a long history in excellent election coverage and our newsrooms are focused on delivering the news our readers want.”
Using the same design as the first phase of the campaign, the election-themed campaign uses imagery to make its political thrust clear with photos of prime minister Scott Morrison and opposition leader Bill Shorten.
The campaign was created by Dentsu-Aegis’ With Collective in partnership with The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age’s subscription team.
Digital agency Slik executed the campaign on digital and social channels.
Over five weeks, the campaign – designed to emphasise the strength and authority of the Herald and The Age’s election coverage – will run across print, digital display, outdoor and social media.
The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age‘s group executive editor, James Chessell said: “Our editorial teams will cover the important news of the campaign to keep our readers informed, but we are very aware that subscribers expect more than ‘he said, she said’ reporting.
“Our approach will have a focus on policy and context in a way that enables you to cut through the noise and make up your own mind about key issues.
“We have a large team of reporters on the road talking to voters and candidates as well as coverage coming directly out of Parliament House.”
The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age national editor, Tory Maguire said the team has already kicked into election mode.
Maguire said: “Our audio and video team is geared up for breaking video news and extra episodes of our weekly podcast, Please Explain.
“I’ll be roping in reporters from the road for Please Explain such as chief political correspondent David Crowe, political editor Peter Hartcher and 9News political editor Chris Uhlmann.”
Maguire added: “We will have our live blog running on big campaign days, coverage of the dollars promised during the campaign, and we’ll also be rolling out a series of policy and politics explainers.
“There will be profiles of the leaders and other key candidates, in-depth reporting from marginal seats, sketches from the road and deep policy analysis.”