The Laurie Oakes interview01/21/15
For the past 45 years, Canberra press gallery journalist Laurie Oakes has covered politics, with more than his fair share of scoops. He is our special guest this week. This episode of the Media Report first went to air in October 2014.
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...
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? This...
The storytelling model of journalism
Stories are entertaining, evocative and illuminating, but is journalism too obsessed with a certain kind of narrative arc to the detriment of everything else? What falls by the wayside when the media views the word through the prism of the story? This...
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...
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. This episode of the Media Report first went to air in May 2014.
The invention of news
This week, the origins of news in Europe. Medieval merchants were the first to formalise a process for sharing political and business information, sparking a variety of modes of news that eventuated in the newspapers we read today. This episode of the...
Broadcasting into Syria
While much has been made of social media use during Syrian civil war, and the slick news operations of groups like IS, reporter Maeve Frances visits the Turkish border, to meet with local journalists who are using a more traditional medium - radio -...
Reporting the Sydney siege
Rolling 24/7 coverage, yet with little to report and significant police restrictions, what were the strengths and weaknesses of how the siege in central Sydney was covered?
Cricket commentator Jim Maxwell
Jim Maxwell has been calling the cricket for over 30 years. The first Test, Australia v India in Adelaide, is his 271st. He talks about the craft of commentating, the challenge of asking tough questions when Australia isn’t going well and the people...
Transforming journalistic cultures
Moving legacy media production towards platforms like mobile as well as towards new ways of thinking about journalism is not easy. And for digital first operations more used to lists and cute animals, developing a critical journalistic culture is no...
Manager Deb Leavitt on cuts to Radio National
Jobs lost, programs axed and new programs in the works, we find out more about the major changes about to take place at the Media Report's home, RN.
ABC Managing Director Mark Scott on program and staffing cuts
Around 10% of all ABC employees will lose their job, after the Federal Government's $250 million funding cut. But will some of these people be re-employed on lower pay bands or as contractors with little job certainty?
Tracey Spicer and the cost of being a female TV presenter
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...
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