Communicating risk in the media08/28/14
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?
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...
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