The Trust model of media ownership09/11/14
New media operations wanting a long and happy future should consider a setting up a trust ownership model. The Guardian, Tampa Bay Times and the Irish Times have all had success with variations on this way of organising a media company.
Critical reporting of security and intelligence
Usually the head of ASIO is virtually invisible, he rarely gives media interviews and even in Senate estimate hearings he can deflect questions simply by saying it is an operational matter. Crikey's Bernard Keane says that, "instead of aggressively...
Reporting the Fijian elections
Fiji is about to go to the polls for the first time since the coup in 2006. We find out about how new media restrictions will affect the coverage, as well as what it's like reporting an election when you've never even voted.
Rapping the news in Uganda
Does rhyming the news and presenting it with a hip hop beat make news more interesting and attractive to young people? In Uganda apparently it does.
ABCnewsIntern comes clean (sort of)
@ABCnewsIntern is the pseudonym for a funny and perceptive tweeter who seems to know quite a bit about the ABC and the media more generally. So who is he, why does he do it and what do he want?
Audience responsibility - to look or not to look?
There's much debate about what information and images the media should make public, but how about audience responsibility? Two very different events this week highlight the issue.
Communicating risk in the media
Risk is at the core of decisions about health, safety, public policy, new technology, and the list goes on. But communicating risk is done poorly by a media which is more often in the outrage business.
News dissemination in colonial Sydney
In the early days of white settlement in Sydney, half the population couldn't read, paper was expensive, and news from the "home" could take months to arrive. This week marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Sydney's first governor, Arthur...
TV streaming options
Channel nine and Fairfax have signed a $100 million deal this week to launch a streaming video on demand service. But what are all these new streaming services and are we getting a good deal compared to the rest of the world?
Lessons from Fast Company magazine
Fast Company came to web publishing in the early days of the internet, which should have put them in pole position to benefit from the massive changes in how media is now delivered. However, editor at large Jeff Chu says that in some ways early...
The newspaper v The Press Council
What's behind the current campaign of The Australian newspaper against the regulatory body, the Australian Press Council? Do their criticisms have any legitimacy?
News Corp leaked profit figures
News Corp has threatened legal action against Crikey for publishing leaked information about the profitability of the organisation's newspapers, that is "highly confidential and commercially sensitive." So what do the figures show? We speak to the...
Media and PR produced by The Islamic State
The Islamic State has a vast and sophisticated media arm producing videos, social media and now two new magazines, the more populist and practical, IS Report, and the more theologically oriented, Dabiq.
Reporting grisly images from the Islamic State (IS)
How much is too much when it comes to showing explicit, gruesome images of Islamic State killings? Should media protect us from the brutal nature of their campaign or are these things we in the West need to see?
Copying and publishing photos in Australia without permission
Are Australian media outlets effectively stealing photographs and breaching copyright law in the process? In what instances do the fair use provisions in the law allow people to copy and publish photos without permission?
Mike Carlton on how not to debate with readers
Former Fairfax columnist Mike Carlton was suspended and then resigned over intemperate language used in tweets personal email exchanges with readers over the bombing of Gaza. He said he shouldn't have used the language he did but also claims it was a...
Cultural diversity at the ABC
Only 9% of people working in the content area at the ABC are from non-English speaking backgrounds. And while this figure isn't necessarily worse than most other media in Australia, it poses the question: does the ABC adequately reflect the cultural...
Journalist tweeting their personal opinions
An Australian journalism academic got into trouble this week over tweets published on his personal account, raising questions about what sort of tweets media people can share outside of work. Is it even possible to have a politically opinionated...
Reporting from Gaza
When the rockets are coming down in Gaza, where is the best place for a journalist to be, in terms of maintaining your personal safety and being able to report what's going on? And what part do local staff play in getting the job done?
Journalism by hand
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?
- Sydney, NSW
ABC Radio National
GPO Box 9994