Category Archives: Journalism

The Humbug Martyrdom of Andrew Bolt

A Peculiarly Australian Cause Celebre In one of the less nebulous sections of the Liberals’ curiously fisk-resistant manifestoi, you’ll find this special promise for Andrew Bolt and his fans and supporters: Protecting freedom of speech – supporting an open media … Continue reading

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The newspaper crisis (and Finkelstein, again)

The graphic below comes from the University of Michigan’s Professor Mark Perry, who runs a libertarian and market-oriented blog called Carpe Diem. It shows, essentially, the collapse of the advertising revenue stream in US newspapers. Adjusted for inflation, US newspapers … Continue reading

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Newspaper crisis ensuring Finkelstein’s demise

In the torrent of words over the job cuts at Fairfax and News Ltd, not many people seem to have noticed that these events also further undermine the already teetering argument of the Finkelstein Review for a new system of media regulation. … Continue reading

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Australian media and creative destruction

This week’s dramatic events in the Australian media have underscored the Schumpeterian “creative destruction” being wrought before our eyes by the Internet and associated technologies and cultures: Fairfax’s announcement of the sacking of 1900 staff, closure of print facilities, adopting … Continue reading

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Fairfax: Gina Rinehart’s money can’t buy readers

As Ken Parish’s post below shows, there is now a widespread view that Gina Rinehart will win control of Fairfax, publisher of the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, and then seek to move their editorial stances well to the right. From people … Continue reading

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Micropaying Rupert

Journalism academic Terry Flew blogs about a recent paper by a UK colleague: Recently published on Open Democracy has been an influential paper by Angela Phillips on “The Future of Journalism“. The paper was presented at the Media, Power and … Continue reading

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Sorry, Jon: How political interviews should work

Last week I was ready to write off ABC Melbourne interviewer Jon Faine for ill-judged rudeness and inadequate research. Now he’s gone and redeemed himself with a Tony Abbott interview. Faine at his best is smartly, aggressively prosecutorial without actually … Continue reading

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