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The digital revolution will not be televised. And it’s not in the newspapers either. In fact, media companies don’t seem to get the revolution at all.

A decade and half since newspapers started distractedly plastering their content all over the internet (mistaking the web as just another publishing platform), the media owners are getting whacked anew. (more…)

By Mr Denmore, ago
Blogging

Reinventing Journalism

It is a painful time for many journalists. Cast aside from the failing industry that used to provide them with a secure living, they are confused, frustrated and in some cases downright angry that society no longer seems to put a dollar value on the skills they worked so hard to perfect. That the wounds of mass redundancies are still raw was rammed home to me last week when I took part in a panel at an inner Sydney hotel organised by the Public Interest Journalism Foundation (PJIF) to "share ideas and experiences around innovation in journalism". (more…)

By Mr Denmore, ago
Entrepreneurial Journalism

Learning to Count

"1, 2, 3, 4, Let's Go!" Journalists are words people. They take pride in their propensity to pun and parse and prune and parry. They are also instinctive types. They tend to rank gut feel above logic and numbers. In a nutshell, journalists are analog people lost in a digital era. And this may be their problem. (more…)

By Mr Denmore, ago
Books

Down to the Crossroads

Hundreds of young people in Australia enter communication degrees each year in anticipation of securing jobs in journalism that no longer exist. How must that make a journalism educator like Margaret Simons feel? Well, not as depressed as you might think. In fact, as the title of her new book attests ('Journalism at the Crossroads: Crisis and Opportunity for the Press'), Simons - the director of the Centre for Advanced Journalism at the University of Melbourne -  paints a tentatively hopeful picture of the future of the craft which has been her living for most of her life. (more…)

By Mr Denmore, ago
Blogging

Citizen Kane to Citizen Mayne

Ten years ago, online publisher Crikey under then owner Stephen Mayne fought a fruitless battle with the Howard government to win access to the budget lock-up in Canberra. Despite producing what  was unequivocally journalism, Mayne's operation was deemed not to be a media outlet. It's a snub our newly digitising established media companies might want to consider. (more…)

By Mr Denmore, ago
Digital Media

Death Notices

Many journalists, while naturally inquisitive about the world, have a curious blind-spot about the economics driving the industry supporting their trade. If only the public would buy newspapers again, they say, the advertisers would return and the industry would be saved. Yes, and if only kids would stop downloading music online, record stores might reappear. (more…)

By Mr Denmore, ago
Entrepreneurial Journalism

Reimagining Journalism

If you were starting a journalistic enterprise today, what would you do? You could sink $50 million into printing, marketing and distribution, hire 30 staff  and pray that Murdoch doesn't destroy you before your credit runs dry. No thanks. Or you could start from first principles, ask what journalism is for and go from here. For most of us who sought to make a living from this profession/craft/trade in the last few decades, it's been about hitching our aspirations to a mainstream media company. But given the grim plight of industrial era journalism, that's not a career move one would recommend to youngsters today. (more…)

By Mr Denmore, ago
Blogging

Blogalism

A US court's $2.5 million ruling against a blogger for defaming a businessman has sparked a flurry of new attempts to define journalism in relation to blogging. My view on what constitutes journalism is similar to what someone once said about por**graphy - I know it when I see it. While this won't help the judges, you can be certain that earnest attempts to define a journalist in legal terms will lead to nothing but confusion. The Americans, with their black letter law pedantry, just love debates of this kind because it keeps much of the legal profession in business. (more…)

By Mr Denmore, ago
ABC

I’ve Seen That Movie Too

As the ABC mulls the falling ratings for its flagship 730 current affairs show, it might want to consider whether the problem isn't so much the presenter or the physical set or the stories - but the conventional television narratives that have become so hackneyed that no-one can be bothered paying attention anymore. (more…)

By Mr Denmore, ago