Journalism by hand07/24/14
Modern journalism tends to involve a lot of typing - script and copy writing, preparing briefing notes, updating the website, composing emails and more. But what would happen if for two days you wrote everything by hand?
The Australian news framework
The media in Australia like to exaggerate our importance as a nation on the global stage, according to blogger Peter Brent. He cites the shooting down of an passenger plane in the Ukraine as a prime example.
Native advertising and the question of business models
If you think things can't get much worse for traditional media and journalists, think again, according to Bob Garfield who reports on the media for NPR. He also says journalism is being poorly compensated and giving away far too much of it's slowly...
The Mandarin - speaking to public servants
A new niche media outlet for public servants launches next week, headed up by Walkley Award winning journalist Tom Burton. So what kind of service can The Mandarin offer?
The first ABC news bulletins in Aboriginal languages
ABC news bulletins are being translated into Walpiri and Yolngu Matha for the first time the national broadcaster's history. The service will provide people with important state and national news in two of the major language groups in the Northern...
The Oz birthday parties and Rupert makes a move on Time Warner
Celebrating it's 50th anniversary this week with two big shindigs, we ask whether the paper is as influential in the corridors of power as it likes to project. We also find out how The Australian's reporting on the media itself has changed over time.
Reporting on the European Union - too good to be true?
When a reporter is handed all the background information, all the quotable quotes, all of the rock-solid facts and figures needed to write a story, does it still count as news? This is a daily conundrum for the over 900 accredited journalists working...
The Australian newspaper turns 50
One of the most influential media outlets in Australia was launched by Rupert Murdoch 50 years ago this month. The Australian newspaper has changed its political stripes over the years but seems to have settled into it's current right of centre,...
Young Australian journalist of the year winners
We are joined by the Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year, Ella Rubeli, and two other category winners to discuss journalism, the pros and cons of multi-skilling and why they don't watch television.
Peter Greste and the future of Al Jazeera
What are the implications for Al Jazeera's reporters around the world after three of its staff were sentenced to seven years gaol in Egypt? Will the network do things differently in the future?
World War 1 correspondent Phillip Schuler
Phillip Schuler is one of the lesser known Australian WW1 journalists and yet he wrote arguably some of the most sensitive and observant dispatches from Gallipoli and other battles.
Journalism Ethics for the Digital Age
With more journalism being produced by more people at faster speeds on different platforms, we have some new ideas and some old strategies for ethical thinking around journalism.
East Timor media laws
Proposed media laws in East Timor will muzzle the freedom of journalists, according to newspaper editor Jose Belo. He says one goal of the laws is to silence dissent and public debate about government programs and public spending.
Trench journalism in World War One
There were hundreds of newspapers produced by soldiers from the trenches of World War One. Some were hand written and very amateur, some had print runs in the thousands. But all tried in their own way to deal with a life that involved terror, death,...
What ails health reporting
After examining over 1000 health news stories in the United States, Gary Schwitzer found that reporting often fails to compare new treatments or technologies with existing alternatives, rarely discloses the often high cost associated with said new...
The proxy war between the MailOnline and News Corp
News Corp has threatened legal action against it's newest competitor, the MailOnline Australia, alleging the website copied a story in the Daily Telegraph about the most flattering dress a woman can wear. But news organisations feeding off each other...
Media gag orders
The Rolf Harris trial in the UK highlights the role suppression orders play in what journalists can and can't say about court proceedings. And with shrinking budgets, media outlets are now less likely to challenge a gag (suppression or injunction) on...
The MailOnline way
The MailOnline is the most read English language news site in the world. Unlike Buzzfeed there is something quite old fashioned about their approach, starting with their focus on the site's homepage.
The Buzzfeed way
With tens of millions of unique visitors per month, Buzzfeed's highly sharable entertainment and news content is going gangbusters. So what is that they are doing differently?
Smart phone photojournalism
Ben Lowy is a professional photographer who has reported from war zones and first went to Iraq at the age of 23. He says he has taken some of his best pictures on his mobile phone.
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