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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM | 2 UNLOCK?

Fairfax Victorian regionals brace for final cut as subeditors go in New Zealand

Today Fairfax will announce what it plans to do with its regional newsrooms. And it is not expected to be good news for journos.

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Radio nowhere: can talkback work nationally?

The new Fairfax-Macquarie radio behemoth wants to get rid of local hosts and syndicate content. But will the audience tune out? Crikey journalists Myriam Robin and Sally Whyte report.

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Crikey 15: a 2004 timeline, or the year Hillary Bray came clean

Crikey looks back at 2004, the year our star columnist shed his pen-name, as our founder batted away rumours of a sale.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM | 5 UNLOCK?

Breaking: PR hacks enjoy own party

The Age’s society pages have covered a party thrown by a shoe company — and exclusively quoted people who work either for the company or for the PR company that put it on …

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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM | 5 UNLOCK?

Accountants at 20 paces: News and Fairfax square off over tax story

Fairfax says News Corp is avoiding paying its fair share of tax. News says that’s nonsense, and points to a disappearing and reappearing paragraph in a Fairfax story as proof.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM | 18 UNLOCK?

Josh Bornstein hoaxer advocates genocide on Israeli news site

Someone went to great lengths to imitate the persona of Australian writer Josh Bornstein, using his profile to publish a hate speech polemic on The Times of Israel’s website.

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Has a key whistleblower platform been compromised?

A key anonymous whistleblowing platform appears to have been temporarily compromised, at a time when protecting journalistic sources is front of mind for the media.

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Grammar an early casualty as ABC cuts costs

The ABC’s Standing Committee on Spoken English is no more. Who’ll make sure ABC staff speak properly now?

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The Oz continues to digest Biz Spec, as Kohler’s end date nears

In a little over a year, Alan Kohler will have completed his four-year commitment to News Corp. He’ll hand over the reins before then, as Business Spectator is absorbed into The Australian.

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Why the media breached Bayley’s suppression order

Jill Meagher’s murderer was charged with more horrific crimes after the Meagher case was concluded. But a broad-ranging suppression order tried to prevent the Victorian media from reporting on his insidious history.

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Voters: you want our data? Get a warrant.

Voters strongly support requiring that agencies get a warrant before searching through their personal data.

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How the police and media falsely frame victimhood

After the murder of Melbourne schoolgirl Masa Vukotic, women were urged to not walk alone in public places. But after the murder of Morgan Huxley, men did not receive the same warning. Freelance writer Serkan Ozturk reports.

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‘This is a complete joke’: Labor’s SBS estimates gotcha fizzles

SBS chair Nihal Gupta gave nothing away at yesterday’s Senate estimates, refusing to answer even the most basic of Labor’s questions.

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Live blog: SBS Chairman Nihal Gupta faces Senate Estimates

New SBS chair Nihal Gupta is facing Senate Estimates to answer questions about his qualifications.

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Finally, the Labor-Coalition surveillance deal revealed

In a secret deal hammered out between politicians, Australia’s biggest ever mass surveillance scheme is to go forward, with journalists given special protection.

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Labor gunning for SBS chair in shock estimates appearance

The new chairman of SBS, Nihal Gupta, will come under fire from Labor Senator Sam Dastyari today regarding his donations to the Liberal Party and other matters. Will this be the beginning of the end of a very short tenure?

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What’s in a name? Brandis tries to define ‘journalist’ in data retention debate

Brandis appears to be leaning towards the New South Wales and Victorian understanding of who is and isn’t a journalist with respect to metadata provisions. Not that it matters much anyway.

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‘We need local journalists’: communities plead for their papers

Newspapers like The Border Mail play a crucial role in their communities, and Fairfax’s plans to gut its regional newsrooms have locals worried they’ll be left without a voice.

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How to cover international news without paying (much) for it

Foreign coverage is expensive. From fixers to freelancers, former foreign news editor and academic Colleen Murrell tells Crikey how Australian media organisations are trying to make it less so.

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Thanks for the shout-out, Bolt, but you’re wrong again

Andrew Bolt has mentioned ambulance volunteer Rachelle Irving’s Crikey story on witnessing remote Aboriginal communities first hand. But of course, he has missed the point entirely.

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Regional newsrooms sliced in half as Fairfax ditches subs and photographers

Fairfax wants to make dozens of staff redundant from 13 Victorian publications as the reporters are asked to make do without subeditors or photographers.

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Isentia Index: Policy debate returns from a long nap

Political debate has turned back to policy, as calls for a spill die out.

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Packed house to hear Hockey tear strips off Fairfax

What good will suing Fairfax do for Hockey? The public already mistrust politicians, writes Margot Saville from the court room.

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Women’s work: why are there so few female editors in Australia?

Good news! Crikey has found there are twice as many female editors of print publications than there were two years ago. But there’s some bad news as well …

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New Press Council chief offers News Corp olive branch

For much of its 40-year history, the Press Council has been overly adversarial in how it approaches the media, its new chairman tells Crikey.

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