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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM | 3

Why the Oz called Colleen McCullough fat and ugly in her obituary

An unnamed (and deceased) obituary writer has been handed the blame by those within the newspaper.

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PATRICK BAUME | JOURNALISM | UNLOCK?

iSentia Index: Knighthood for Queen’s Consort drowns out everything else

It’s been a busy week for Tony Abbott and Campbell Newman, with both leaders forced to defend their decisions.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM | 6 UNLOCK?

Buck up, Campbell — when it comes to defamation, Australia is a litigious pollie’s dream

Politicians find it much easier to sue in Australia than in countries like the United States, United Kingdom or Canada.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM | 25 UNLOCK?

Print graffiti? No good news for Abbott in knight-mare coverage

Who had nice things to say about Prince Philip’s knighthood? Nobody. Then the AFR politely changed the subject, but not without a swing at the “indulgent captain’s choice”.

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BERNARD KEANE | JOURNALISM | 11 UNLOCK?

Barrett Brown: five years ‘to investigate the prison-industrial complex’

Journalist Barrett Brown, who first exposed the sinister links between the cybersecurity industry and the US government, has been sentenced to five years’ jail.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM | 3

National Indigenous Times may yet get a lifeline

The NIT was put into administration a fortnight ago. But its administrator is hopeful of a recovery and plans to release the first issue of 2015 early next week.

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PATRICK BAUME | JOURNALISM | UNLOCK?

iSentia index: Queensland, Manus Island and #Tay4Hottest100

It’s been a rough week for Labor’s campaign in Queensland, with leader Annastacia Palaszczuk’s media profile shrinking compared to last week.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM | 16

ABC TV director slams Oz’s ‘error-filled’, ‘pro-Ten’ report

A report in The Australian claiming the ABC had a bad year for ratings has been swiftly denounced by ABC management this morning. They have their own figures to prove their case.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM | 17 UNLOCK?

Newman’s worst nightmare? How Alan Jones will impact Queensland’s election

Is Jones the king-maker, or does he just pick his fights well? Radio insiders muse on whether Queensland Premier has to worry about his latest enemy.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM | 19

Another conservative host at Aunty: Switzer’s new show unveiled

The conservative journalist’s new show will air at 7.30pm Thursdays on ABC’s Radio National, starting from January 29.

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JOURNALISM | 34

A politically motivated campaign against Gillian Triggs?

Is The Australian out to get the Human Rights Commission’s president because she’s about to embarrass the government? The Oz ‘s editor doesn’t think so, report Mahalia Dobson and Myriam Robin.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | JOURNALISM |

What do shareholders know about Fairfax’s property dealings?

It took Anthony Catalano just five years to make $25 million out of Fairfax. But shareholders haven’t been given the full details, writes Stephen Mayne.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM | 13

Slippery slope: former SBS stars slam ad-averaging proposal

The government’s proposal to allow SBS to average out the number of ads it shows per hour could save the multicultural broadcaster from budget cuts. But its former stars tell Crikey it’s just not worth it.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM | 1

National Indigenous Times placed into administration after unpaid legal bill

The country’s most awarded indigenous publication, the National Indigenous Times, is in serious risk of closure after parent company Destiny Publications was placed into administration earlier this week.

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GUY RUNDLE | JOURNALISM | 48

Rundle: ‘Hebdoiste’ world leaders laud satire but quash true dissent

Recently converted “Hebdoiste” world leaders exemplify the meaninglessness of our post-political age.

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PADDY MANNING | JOURNALISM | 7

Watchdog or Lapdog: business journalism is faltering while other investigations rise

Business journalists don’t rate ASIC to hold businesses to account, so believe their work to be vital. But it’s declining, at the same time papers devote more time to other investigations. Legal challenges, and the concerns of advertisers, take their toll.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM | 17

Why Australia’s news editors ran the Charlie Hebdo cartoons

The journalistic ethics around republishing the Charlie Hebdo cartoons are delicate, and Australian editors didn’t take their responsibilities lightly.

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PADDY MANNING | JOURNALISM | 2

Watchdog or Lapdog: what makes a good business journalist?

Business journalists can be dogged by self-doubt and the perennial threat of redundancy. The good ones persevere with a potent mix of curiosity, good humour and a belief in the public interest.

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CRIKEY INTERN | JOURNALISM | 1

Crikey Clarifier: why does the govt spend big on media monitoring?

The media plays a big role in shaping political discourse, and politicians want to know who is on their side, writes Crikey intern Mahalia Dobson.

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PADDY MANNING | JOURNALISM | 6

Watchdog or Lapdog: why should you read the business pages?

Now that the dust has settled on the global financial crisis, we have to ask ourselves: is our business press holding the powerful to account? Is it more watchdog or lapdog? And what is the point of business journalism, anyway?

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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM |

Lyndal Curtis to leave ABC as staff learn if they’re in the firing line

Lyndal Curtis is the latest big name to leave the ABC, and other staff were informed on Wednesday if they are in line for a redundancy.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM |

The 2014 Crikeys: three cheers for the AFR, Kyle Sandilands

Crikey’s media reporter reveals the best and the worst of the media in 2014.

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PATRICK BAUME | JOURNALISM |

iSentia index: Tony Abbott reaches Rudd-like levels of media coverage in 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has dominated media coverage this year, with his mention numbers nearly eclipsing Kevin Rudd’s at the heigh of his popularity.

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PAUL MILLAR | JOURNALISM |

The 2014 Crikeys: Person of the Year

From Rosie Batty to Peter Greste, many people have inspired us this year. Vote for your Crikey Person of the Year 2014.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM |

Fair Work forces ‘consultation’ at ABC as shark pool uncertainty stretches on

Only those who want to take a voluntary redundancy from the ABC will be let go before Christmas.

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