transformed the craft from one-to-many publishing to many-to-many. But for all the ease that digital newsgathering has provided, there is still something to be said for getting out from behind the screen and into the analog world. (more…)
- "There is common ground among all those who think seriously about the role of the news media and about journalistic ethics that a free press plays an essential role in a democratic society, and no regulation should endanger that role": Opening words of the 468-page report of the independent inquiry into the media by former Federal Court Judge Ray Finkelstein.
- Labor Plan to Control the Media: Headline on Australian Financial Review's front page splash on the Finkelstein report the following day.
Annabel Crabb has contended, whether this is merely "aggressive" reporting and that the government's response to it is paranoid and misguided. (more…)
'The Blogosphere's Delusions of Grandeur', regurgitating the now ritual meme that pits the apocryphal self-aggrandising blogger in pyjamas (usually venting about the meeja) against the hard-working professional investigative journalist risking everything for his readers. (more…)
The Australian media is one of the least diverse in the world. At what point does the dominance of a single player become so great that our democracy is at risk? How, at a time of accelerating convergence in media and the slow death of traditional business models, can we encourage a multiplicity of voices while preserving and encouraging press freedom? And why is no-one asking these questions in the mainstream media space? (more…)
I don't recognise this Australia. From where did it hail? The Australia I have come to admire is one of the world's wealthiest nations; rich in spirit and resources; a country that takes almost childish pride in its generosity of spirit, its good humour, its open-heartedness and its willingness to look after the underdog. It is the Australia that is always willing to extend a hand to the desperate and the needy. As the second verse of that song they sing at football matches goes, it's the Australia that says "for those who come across the seas, we've boundless plains to share". (more…)