The Laurie Oakes interview10/23/14
For the past 45 years, Canberra press gallery journalist Laurie Oakes has covered politics, with more than his fair share of leaks and scoops. He is our special guest this week.
Hacks/Hackers goes professional
The grassroots, volunteer based global group, which brings together journalists and technologists, has for the first time employed an Executive Director, Jeanne Brooks. We find out why.
How Australian journalism has changed over 20 years
Who is a typical journalist today? Gender mix and pay, views on religion, job satisfaction levels: the first comprehensive survey of Australian journalists in 20 years presents a snapshot of the industry across different states, media formats and...
What's happening to SBS?
The proposed budget cuts to SBS have garnered far less attention than those facing the ABC, so what is likely to happen and how is their Managing Director Michael Ebeid defending the organisation?
Going to the dark side and back
Caroline Fisher went from journalism to being the media advisor to then up and coming Queensland Cabinet Minister, Anna Bligh.Then Caroline did something less common and returned to journalism. She also spoke to other journalists who did the same...
A Companion to the Australian Media
Over five hundred articles covering a century of Australian media history (issues, events and people) has been assembled and launched this week by academic Bridget Griffen-Foley.
Transgender and the Courier Mail
The Courier Mail caused a public backlash this week after it published this headline about the brutal murder of 27 year old Mayang Prasetyo by her boyfriend: "Monster Chef and the She Male." Why the emphasis on her sex work background and should the...
Taking all the fun out of headlines
Will search engine optimisation be responsible for the end of headlines which are witty, silly, insightful and colourful?
Nike factories in Indonesia in the 1990's, rubber plantations in the Belgian Congo in the late 1800's, chocolate production and slavery within the last ten years. What has changed and what has remained the same about investigative journalism around...
Anti-terror laws and journalism
The first of three new 'anti-terror' laws passed this week, make reporting on security more difficult. Data retention legislation makes up another part of the trio and will be debated later this year. The data changes would give government much...
The Queen of the Glossies
You’ve got to have something to launch a magazine and still be editing it 19 years later.Whatever it is, Marie Claire’s Jackie Frank has it in spades.
Film, TV and music stars are fodder for a vast array of celebrity media, an industry which has seen huge technological and industry changes in recent years. It may be a lucrative business to be in, but what's it like covering the celebrity beat?
The Trust model of media ownership
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...
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