Tracey Spicer and the cost of being a female TV presenter11/19/14
After many years as a commercial TV news presenter Tracey Spicer has decided to say no to full make up, costly hair and beauty regimes and uncomfortable shoes. In a week in which a male presenter claimed to have worn the same suit almost every day for...
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull on ABC & SBS cuts
Over the next five years, the ABC will have to reduce its cost by $254 million and SBS by just over $25 million. The Federal Minister responsible for both broadcasters joins us to discuss the detail of the cuts.
Getting your news from Facebook
It's becoming more and more common to get your daily news from Facebook. But how is journalism prioritised in people's feeds and what is being hidden?
Journalists in Asia under attack
We look at reporters in the region who have been harassed, threatened and even killed just doing their jobs.
News commenting study
Public commenting on internet news stories has become an important bit of add-on content for media outlets. But who is doing it well and how do you keep the conversation civil?
Yalda Hakim - BBC correspondent
Born in Afghanistan, Yalda Hakim grew up in Australia and now travels the world reporting for the BBC. We find out whether her experiences of reporting from Afghanistan meshed with family stories about their one time home.
Reporting on "trade secrets"
Limits to reporting "trade secrets" are being proposed in the latest round of a major regional trade agreement (the Trans-Pacific Partnership TPP). We find out just how broadly the term can be defined by both business and government and what this...
Political cartooning 2014
Despite diverse cartooning styles, when you look at the year in Australian political cartooning, certain themes and persistent gags emerge.
The language of war
A linguistic analysis of the ABC's coverage of the first few weeks 2003 invasion of Iraq can tell us a lot about what we might be doing wrong and right in discussing the current "conflict" with IS.
When Aidan Sullivan sends photographers to some of the world's hotspots, he must make it as safe and secure as possible. Despite this, photographers are still injured, kidnapped and killed as they try to get as close as possible to the action.
The Laurie Oakes interview
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...
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