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Articles by Sophie Black

Why Crikey is joining the Press Council

After months of ongoing discussions, Private Media, publisher of Crikey, is officially joining the Australian Press Council.

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Cracking the code and regulating the wild west of online media

Several weeks ago Crikey, and our publisher Private Media, promised our own internal code of conduct. Here it is.

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Sideshow Alley: let them eat cake

We salute these valid contributions to dumbing down and deliberately misleading the public and commend them to the public — with extra points to Scullion for simultaneously making politics more stupid and slightly threatening with the wave of a piping bag.

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Sideshow Alley: I’m sorry, could you repeat the question?

Each week Sideshow Alley will nominate the latest offerings to the service of dumbing down politics by journalists and/or politicians…

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A pair of black court shoes

Each week we’ll nominate the latest offerings to the service of dumbing down politics by journalists and/or politicians and at the end of each month we’ll be asking Lindsay Tanner to write through his pick of the best/worst example.

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A step-by-step guide to manufacturing a story, c/o The Oz

This headline appears on page 9 of The Australian today: “Crikey forced to remove fake Abbott story”. That was news to us. Let us explain what happened…

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Catch Meredith highlight act El Guincho in Perth

In a strong line-up, El Guincho seemed to be the first band to be given The Boot. A tradition that first sprung up at sister festival Golden Plains, there’s no higher honour than witnessing a section of the crowd hold their shoes aloft in a sign of respect for a great performance.

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Beg for last-minute Meredith Music Festival tix

20 years later, and the annual Meredith Music festival is world renowned as one of, if not the, best music festivals in Australia. What’s its secret? Why does it engender such loyalty and love from patrons?

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Former Assange lawyer asks: what about the exculpatory evidence?

James D. Catlin, who acted for WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange in London back in October, told Crikey that Swedish authorities still haven’t provided “powerful exculpatory evidence” — a series of SMS messages and tweets sent by the women involved — necessary to obtain an arrest warrant.

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Joye: we have an information exchange for equities — why not debt?

This is an extract of a speech presented by Rismark’s Christopher Joye at last week’s LIXI Industry Forum: One of the problems with managing the Byzantine nexus between extreme asset price and credit cycles, and the ordinarily adverse ramifications of these events for our real-economy, is that policymakers have historically had very poor credit data. […]

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Inside Tanjung Pinang: the future of offshore processing

The following photos, taken in May and June this year, have been smuggled out of the Australian funded and built detention centre Tanjung Pinang on Bintan island near Singapore.

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Border security gets a billion

The government has put its money where its mouth is when it comes to backing its increasingly hardline rhetoric on border security, flagging $1.2 billion Australia’s borders.

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Health continues to top the charts

On top of the public hospital reform spending already announced with the COAG agreement, the 2010 Budget invests a further $2.2 billion over four years in health and hospital reform.

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Now health reform is ticked, is climate change next for Obama?

The passage of health reform by Barack Obama has brought whisperings of the climate change bill being brought back to life. But does Obama has the political will to push it through? asks Sophie Black.

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Climategate scientists cleared of manipulating data. Hello? Anyone listening?

Parliament’s Science and Technology Committee rejected the assessment that the leaked “Climategate” emails showed researchers hid, exaggerated or fiddled the data to support the consensus view. Did you get get that?

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@mammaspaghetti outed! Oh isa not nice!

Yesterday, fans of the cult Twitter account @mammaspaghetti were thrilled and dismayed to learn that the writer had outed themself. Meet the man behind the mama.

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It’s getting hot in here: climate change an issue in Higgins and Bradfield?

So how will Tony Abbott’s ascension this week affect the green vote in the Higgins and Bradfield by-elections this weekend? Apart from voxpopping the streets of Malvern and sniffing round the food court of Chatswood Chase, it’s hard to say.

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Andrew Bolt, Lateline and the bias of balance

Herald Sun columnist Andrew Bolt has got the science on climate change wrong before, but that didn’t stop Lateline from giving him air time on the subject, says Sophie Black.

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Liveblogging Trishna and Krishna’s post-op presser

This week’s Wankley Award goes to Paul “Colgo” Colgan of The Punch for liveblogging the marathon surgery that was performed on conjoined twins Trishna and Krishna at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital this week.

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A long way from “Yes We Can”

Yes We Can’t — that’s the new message on climate change from Barack Obama and other world leaders, who have now made a “realistic assessment” on Copenhagen: a climate treaty is “unrealistic”.

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Ask the economists: tomorrow’s RBA announcement

We asked the economists for their punt on the RBA’s interest rate announcement tomorrow, just ahead of the race that stops a nation. They say that the numbers will just keep going up…

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Deceptive pink bits

This week we’re giving the Wankley to products that pinkefy themselves with all sorts of glowing promises about their commitment to breast cancer research. Too bad the donations cost less than the feel good advertising it brings them.

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A tour of Indonesia’s detention centres

First hand experiences of Indonesia’s detention centres, where asylum seekers are treated like animals, beating are frequent, and there’s no access to medical care, education, or adequate food.

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CPRS conspiracy theories: The Oz dons a tin-foil hat

The government is facing one of the greatest policy challenges in recent times, but instead of thoughtful, insightful and informed commentary from the national broadsheet, it’s reporting straight from the grassy knoll? suggests Sophie Black

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Meet Alex and Brindha: a media savvy bunch of boat people

The latest onset of asylum seekers isn’t Rudd’s Tampa, because this time the people aren’t out of sight and out of mind of the media. Will it make the public care?

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