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Articles by Eleri Harris

No white balloons for the city of Wangaratta

Wangaratta has experienced a somewhat unique form of censorship with the banning of a campaign against child sex abuse, Braveheart’s annual White Balloon Day.

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The bushfire blame game: greenies, loggers or arsonists?

Victorian conservation groups have hit back at claims greenies and National Parks are culpable for the severity of the Black Saturday bushfires, blaming logging companies.

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Media frenzy appoints teenage digital guru

The blogosphere was abuzz yesterday with the news that Twitter was regarded by one 15-year-old from London as being for old people. That’s news?

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Papuan shootings: we will probably never know the truth

Papua is a media black hole with foreign journalists rarely permitted to report from the province. The true story behind the latest shootings of 29-year-old Australian Drew Grant and security guard Markus Ratealo will probably never be revealed.

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Is Rosebery a health hazard?

Two women are claiming they have developed serious health issues from exposure to the run-off from an open cut mine in their town, and are demanding the Tasmanian government relocate them.

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The new face of VB

Following last week’s announcement that they will be lowering the alcohol content of Victoria Bitter, Fosters have taken another stab at their iconic beer with a new campaign that replaces the “hard earned thirst” slogan with a new one: “the drinking beer”.

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Earth Hour’s (somewhat empty) new campaign for Copenhagen

Earth Hour may receive the token support they seek online — but how does this translate into real terms at the UN climate change meeting in Copenhagen?

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Canada eyeballs cocaine

They do things differently over there, but seriously, feeding cocaine to an animated eyeball is supposed to keep the kids off drugs? Well, at least that’s the aim of the “Xperiment” site.

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Abbott to Rudd: Don’t try to spin the Pope

This morning Eleri Harris asked Tony Abbott — Shadow Minister for FAHCSIA and part-time spokesman on all things Catholic — about the politics of lobbying a Pope.

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Double standards: the media on Taliban kidnappings

Are the hundreds of people kidnapped by the Taliban each year any less deserving of media black out protection than western journalists like David Rohde?

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Beer porn

Skinny Blonde beer have come up with a brilliant, if not completely inappropriate, gimmick for their product: vanishing bikini tops for their beer labels.

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Mass staff exodus at Mowbray College: 22 in one year

Of the 200 staff members at Melbourne’s Mowbray College, 22 are thought to have left or be about to leave the school this year.

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Tiananmen Square revisited: a Crikey history wrap

Twenty years ago today tanks drove across Tiananmen Square and crushed a student rebellion in China, Crikey resurrects the news archives.

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Twitter by telegram

An American Twitter nerd has started a very odd free service for the Twitterati: you send him a tweet and he writes it on a piece of paper and posts it to you. Post-modernism or post-sanity? You decide.

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New Yorker v PNG tribe: how did fact mingle with fiction?

Oral history is always blurry and difficult to adapt to the concrete standards of modern journalism. Perhaps that’s how Pulitzer Prize winner Jared Diamond got into trouble writing for The New Yorker on PNG.

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WolframAlpha: a search engine that knows the meaning of life

WolframAlpha — is it really the Next Big Thing in online search? Eleri Harris looks at what the pundits are saying.

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Strongbow ad channels Braveheart — with VB tagline

War, tradies, stirring music… yes, it’s another beer ad.

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Turning to politicians to prop up newspapers

Last week two governments in two countries on either side of the globe took unprecedented steps to ensure the survival of print journalism.

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Comment for cat food pays mighty fine

The cat food story thickens, as a new revelatory email lands.

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@Overingtonc: Twitter comedian

Oz journo Caroline Overington considers the role of the twittering journo as a comedian. We love you, @overingtonc.

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Leading food writers in cat food for comment scandal

Food critics Australia-wide last night received an interesting offer from a “junior” accounts manager at Ogilvy PR’s Pulse Communications.

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Citizen journalism: 1, evolutionary instincts for survival: 0

Over the weekend there was a massive gas explosion in Moscow. It raised questions about Russia’s ageing energy infrastructure … and the sanity of Russian civilians.

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Personal PR: unemployed journo grad seeks dream job

Graduates beware, the stakes are rising in the hunt for employment — at least in journalism.

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Evening Standard says sorry for low standards

British tabloid London Evening Standard launched a unique campaign Monday apologising to readers for its “previous behaviour”.

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Pulitzer won’t save jobs in journalism’s brave new world

It appears even the holy grail of journalism awards can’t save writers from unemployed destitution.

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