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Articles by Matthew Knott

ABC aims for AM glory days after Trioli reversal

A sudden backflip has upended the pieces on the ABC’s current affairs chess board. But most have welcomed political head Chris Uhlmann taking over AM after Virginia Trioli withdrew.

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From fact to fiction: Williams leaves the AFR to write novels

The Fairfax newsroom is in shock over the departure of one of the company’s most experienced journalists, Pamela Williams.

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Setting the record straight: when a correction is too little, too late

When does media reporting cross the line into bullying? And if an online publication has made an egregious error of judgement, will an apology help, or has the damage been done?

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Radio revolution? Tuning in to the new breakfast ‘all-stars’

Commercial radio is in middle of its biggest shake-up in years, but there was no sign of fresh content as the new breakfast all-stars hit the airwaves today. Crikey tuned in.

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Where the Tele and SMH agree: violence and media beat-ups

The Sydney Morning Herald andThe Daily Telegraph agree that Sydney needs stronger measures to combat alcohol-fuelled violence. But is their campaign worth the paper it’s printed on?

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Qantas gets its money’s worth from the best journo junket around

Print, TV and radio journos schmooze with mostly Australian celebs in Los Angeles, but is it actually worth our tax dollars? It certainly got plenty of fawning coverage back home.

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Journal of Record: Bridgegate revives faith in reporting

The scandal of the politically motivated traffic jam on the world’s busiest bridge shows just how important local reporting and regional newspapers still are in the digital age.

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Pyne’s culture warriors: curriculum reviewers ‘lack credibility’

Christopher Pyne has charged Kevin Donnelly and Ken Wiltshire — harsh critics of the national curriculum — to ferret out “bias” in classrooms. Their appointments have come under close scrutiny.

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Abbott the journo: what the Bulletin archives reveal about the PM

Tony Abbott isn’t the first prime minister with a past in journalism, but his work for The Bulletin is more revealing than most. Crikey trawls through the archives.

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Memo to Scott Morrison: don’t deport gay man to Pakistan

The Greens have joined in a last-ditch bid to stop a gay man being deported to Pakistan. Ali Choudhry could be forced to leave his Brisbane-based partner as early as tomorrow.

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Crikey Awards: does any title deserve to be newspaper of the year?

It’s slim-pickings in the Crikey title of newspaper of the year. But the ABC stood out, along with some smart print columnists, while the fall from grace for Kim Williams was hard.

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Which news websites you’re clicking on — or not

Which news websites soared and which flopped in Australia in 2013? Crikey scours the numbers — and the results may surprise.

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Press Council breaches: SMH worst offender in 2013

The Sydney Morning Herald had five adverse rulings from the Press Council this year, more than twice as many as The Australian and The Age.

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Editorial audit: ABC calls in outsiders for news bias probe

ABC chairman James Spigelman says external auditors will vet Aunty for editorial bias, while journalists will be instructed how to report on issues that matter more widely to the general public. But will that satisfy vocal ABC critic Andrew Bolt?

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Incredibly offensive: Tropfest sex change comedy sparks outrage

This year’s Tropfest winner has been accused of homophobia and transphobia by advocates. It’s another controversy for the wildly successful short film festival.

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Journalism crack: exposing the Daily Mail‘s dark arts

How did the trashy, uber-tabloid Mail Online become the most-read newspaper website in the world? We take a look at the top 10 reasons for its phenomenal success on the eve of an Australian launch.

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Dangerous rubbish: AFR letters ed lashed for contrarian climate paper

A leading oceanographer has rubbished a climate change paper co-authored by a leading Financial Review journalist, saying the paper “makes things up”.

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Greenwald: the spying, not the media, is the story

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is not finished with revelations of spying — and Australia could end up with even more egg on its face.

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Walkleys: wannabe librarian wins over drunken journo back-slapper

Journalists generally bitch about the winners of the annual Walkley Awards. But nobody could argue with Joanne McCarthy’s golden night. Crikey partied with Australia’s media in Brisbane.

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Pilger’s paradise in forgotten Australia

John Pilger’s new film Utopia, on Aboriginal Australia, doesn’t premiere in Australia until January — but Crikey gives you the first look.

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Sliding doors: why Fairfax let BRW die in print

Fairfax business magazine BRW will publish its final print edition next week. Why did it come to this?

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‘I’m not happy’: ABC staff scandalised as salaries revealed

The salaries of senior figures at the ABC have been leaked to The Australian — and all hell has broken loose at Aunty today. Some staff think they’re being underpaid, while there are concerns top journos will now be poached by commercial networks.

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Blame the media? ABC and Guardian defend spying revelations

The conservative media has wasted no time in declaring that our reputation with Indonesia is damaged, not because Australian spies have been listening in on the Indonesian President’s phone, but because media outlets revealed the tapped phone.

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The Rudd years: highs and lows

He was prime minister twice, and rarely off the front pages since 2007. Crikey runs through Kevin Rudd’s successes and failures. You be the judge of his performance …

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Bad News: Foxtel to the rescue as Oz newspaper revenues tumble

News Corp revenues declined by 3% over the past year. And guess which country’s newspapers are suffering the most?

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