Craft Standards

Us and Them

If you're a government propagandist, the silly season always provides a happy hunting ground. Newsrooms are thinly staffed and there's little beyond the holiday road toll and bushfires to fill the bulletin until the sports report kicks in.  This means the bar for 'news' is set abnormally low. A perfect time, then, to flick the 'Our-Welfare-Bill-is Out-of-Control' switch. (more…)

By Mr Denmore, ago
ABC

On Bullshit

  Bullshit. It's so pervasive right now in our politics and media that we are losing respect for the truth. Disturbed by this barrage of bluff, a Princeton professor of philosophy Harry Frankfurt wrote a book about the phenomenon. (more…)

By Mr Denmore, ago
ABC

The Public Blackout

Quality journalism is expensive for media companies. But the cost to society of the absence of quality journalism is infinitely greater. No more is this loss more evident than in the slow eradication from the Read more…

By Mr Denmore, ago
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Last Ones Standing

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The slow-motion death of newspapers as a vehicle for quality journalism rolls on, with periodic announcements of new waves of redundancies prompting anger, soul-searching and recrimination.

For those of us who escaped the industry years ago, there are feelings of both relief that we got out when we did and sympathy for journalists laid off by companies who still appear clueless about how to make the business work in a digital age.

But while the journalists' mass walkouts and calls for public solidarity are completely understandable, the market realities facing the industry that has sheltered them for long can't be ignored.

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By Mr Denmore, ago