Under the Dome

Posted on 19 CommentsPosted in Craft Standards, Ethical Standards, News Corp, Newspapers, Political News, Public Interest

News Corp didn’t win the 2013 election for the Coalition. The Labor Party’s dysfunctional internal politics had more to do with that. But that doesn’t mean the calculated propaganda which Murdoch’s papers call news is not an issue for anyone concerned about the health of this democracy. The influence of the Murdoch papers on the public debate is more long-term and diffuse than can be read from a single […]

Talking Back

Posted on 6 CommentsPosted in Blogging, Books, Experimental Formats, New Media, Public Interest, Social Media

In age in which we are flooded with largely depressing books on the death of traditional media and establishment journalism, it’s exciting to read the perspective of someone who has grown up in new media and who celebrates the rise of the audience. Tim Dunlop, a writer, academic and one of Australia’s pioneer political bloggers, has written a refreshing insiders’ account of the rise of the new media insurgency. […]

Did You Vote For This Man?

Posted on 10 CommentsPosted in Craft Standards, Government Policy and Regulation, News Corp, Newspapers, Political News, Public Interest

There are two upcoming power battles in Australia. One pits Kevin Rudd against Tony Abbott. The second positions Rupert Murdoch and his newspapers against our democracy. The outcome of the first battle may depend on the second, yet we only get to vote in one of them. That Murdoch wants a change of government in Australia is evident. He has said so himself, tweeting that the Australian public are […]

Media Stockholm Syndrome

Posted on 9 CommentsPosted in Craft Standards, Financial journalism, Public Interest, Staffing and Resources

‘Twenty Ways to Bulk Up Your Cash’. That was the breathless headline in The Australian Financial Review on September, 27, 2005 “It’s shop till you drop for ordinary people with money to park,” the article gushed. “And the range of investment options is so vast, it’s very nearly an embarrassment of riches.”

Free Media VS Free Market

Posted on 6 CommentsPosted in Ethical Standards, Government Policy and Regulation, Media Business, News Corp, Opinion, Public Interest

Much of the opposition to the federal government’s tame media reforms stems from a now ritual assumption among journalists and others that “free markets” are synonymous with “free media”. Nothing could be further from the truth. Following the now infamous photoshopped front pages in the Murdoch tabloids, comparing Communications Minister Stephen Conroy to mass murdering dictators like Stalin, came this screeching meltdown by News Ltd columnist Piers Akerman on […]

FEIJOA Awards, 2012

Posted on 32 CommentsPosted in Profession, Public Interest

Good journalists are troublemakers. They ask questions that others feel too uncomfortable to ask. They ignore the spin and seek inspiration from something other than the prefabricated fodder that forms the¬†foundation of 90% of the PR masquerading as news that you see in the media most days. With that in mind, it gives me great pleasure to announce the second annual F.E.I.J.O.A¬† awards (The Failed Estate International Journalism Awards), […]

Dawn of the Dead

Posted on 18 CommentsPosted in Business Models, Digital Media, Media Business, Newspapers, Public Interest, Staffing and Resources

Breaking news: The news business isn’t dead. But that’s not because the news business was ever alive on its own terms. It’s because news was never a business. In fact, the idea that you can make a living out of news is a dream that many people have yet to wake up from. Journalists leaving the industry – and there are hordes right now walking the streets like extras […]

Down to the Crossroads

Posted on 7 CommentsPosted in Books, Entrepreneurial Journalism, PR and Communications, Profession, Public Interest

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 […]

Chest Beaters

Posted on 14 CommentsPosted in Government Policy and Regulation, Opinion, Political News, Public Interest

Noticed how everyone is a passionate champion for “freedom” nowadays? In fact, among Australia’s pinstriped and share optioned media executives, there is more chest beating on this subject than in a Tarzan movie – but without the pecs.