26 February 201502/25/15
Media case against data retention. Data retention - a how to avoid guide for journalists. Reporting in Pakistan.
19 February 2015
HSBC, newspaper advertising and the resignation of Peter Oborne. Crikey turns 15. Colonial literary journalism.
12 February 2015
Lies, damn lies and viral content. Ross Coulthart on Citizenfour.
The outgoing head of the Australian Press Council, Julian Disney
Julian Disney hasn’t had an easy time as chair of the Press Council. In the last year he’s copped a lot of flak from News Corp publications. But on the eve of his departure, he has some ideas on how the APC could be more proactive and work better for...
Reporting the leadership spill in the Top End
A 1am press conference, the spreading of false stories for political purposes and journos staking out the parliament building. It's been a bumpy ride this week in Northern Territory politics with a failed attempt to overthrow the Chief Minister, Adam...
Peter Greste and journalists in gaol around the world
While the campaign to released gaoled journalist Peter Greste has been successful, there are over two hundred journalists languishing in the world's prisons, many of them charged with offenses again the state.
This year sees a number of new players each vying to stake their claim in the world of streaming and on-demand television. Most are being developed by consortiums of current media and telco players and some will fail. We try and sort out who is who...
Operation Boring and the Queensland election
What happened when the Queensland Premier Campbell Newman decided he would only answer questions from journalists about jobs and the economy? Is Operation Boring really a good media strategy during an election campaign? What is the media significance...
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 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.
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