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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM | 3 UNLOCK?

Journalism, or just good PR? Meet Australia’s newest media publisher

ANZ is the first bank to set up a corporate newsroom in Australia. Is it just a PR exercise, or will it do good journalism? And should readers trust it? Crikey went to the launch.

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PATRICK BAUME | JOURNALISM | 1 UNLOCK?

iSentia index: the great disconnect edition

Are voters really turning against the Abbott government? The polls say yes, but there might be something bigger at play here.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM | 8 UNLOCK?

Will Scott’s apology dog ABC comedians and screw Aunty’s ACMA case?

Eight months after defending the ABC’s right to air a controversial skit, MD Mark Scott is saying it should never have aired. What prompted his decision, and what does it mean?

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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM | 6 UNLOCK?

Daily Tele state political reporter resigns amid plagiarism probe

Senior Daily Telegraph journalist Phil Jacob has been exposed lifting copy from other sources for his pieces. News Corporation says he no longer works at the paper.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM | 10 UNLOCK?

A ‘fair go’ for the West, but is outer Sydney good enough for News Corp?

As News Corp champions western Sydney, where it sells 25% of its total NSW circulation, it’s moving its journalists to to the CBD. Long-time western Sydney resident Mark Latham is sceptical.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM | 7 UNLOCK?

How the media fingered a star paedophile — and prejudiced his case

Without the media, it’s likely Robert Hughes would never have had to face a court. But because of the media, his lawyer is arguing he could never have had a fair trial.

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iSentia index: WA Senate and ICAC get people talking

The ICAC hearing and WA Senate do-over kept party leaders at the forefront of political discussion across the country.

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After jumping through enough ad hoops, a paywalled circus begins

Advertisers don’t want to advertise to women in their 50s, and that was a problem for online startup The Hoopla. Now the business will shift to a risky revenue model derived from the audience.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM | 10

Scott v Mitchell: the ABC debate that never happened

ABC boss Mark Scott was happy to debate The Australian’s editor Chris Mitchell, but scheduling conflicts got in the way. Will the epic media bout ever take place?

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Clown prince: how Clive Palmer bought himself a WA media frenzy

Palmer’s spent half a million on ads. And for those who don’t watch ads, he’s spent weeks playing the buffoon, earning him more coverage than any other party running on Saturday, write Myriam Robin and Ania Dutka.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM | 9

The new media cadets: older, more experienced, exhausted by the climb

In today’s competitive hustle for journalism jobs, you’re never too old or too qualified for an entry-level position. Crikey goes behind the scenes on Fairfax’s gruelling cadet application process.

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iSentia index: Knights, dames and boats

Prime Minister Tony Abbott was back at the top of the charts this week, with his latest announcements proving particularly unpopular.

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A fleeting introduction, a whole world of coverage: Lachlan’s first day

Many of the journalists at News Corp’s Holt Street bunker barely saw Lachlan Murdoch yesterday. If you really want to know what’s going on, you’d best go outside the organisation.

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Breaking news on Alain de Botton: more Martha Stewart than Bob Woodward

Modern philosopher and public intellectual Alain de Botton has some nuanced ideas about philosophy, but he doesn’t understand the modern newsroom.

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iSentia index: Abbott and Sinodinos keep the cycle spinning

It was a week of leaders sticking by their men in the wake of controversy, across state and federal politics.

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Move over, BuzzFeed: how Junkee is making its own way (and making money) online

If Junkee can survive BuzzFeed, the team at Sound Alliance will have created something rather unique. But read the fine print on who’s paying for some of the content.

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‘Obsession’ cuts both ways in The Australian‘s war on Media Watch

The Australian says Media Watch is obsessed with News Corp. But scarcely a week goes by without the paper taking a shot at the ABC program. Today is no exception.

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‘You can’t shut down the internet’: the futility of suppression orders

Suppression orders are more powerful than ever, but they’re also more ineffectual. Courts are responding by issue more and more of them, but, as several media lawyers told Crikey, that’s the wrong approach to take to the issue.

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iSentia index: state elections and arts funding get people talking

The results of the Tasmanian and South Australian state elections show how much difference a change in electoral process can make.

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A March in March media blackout? How to get your protest covered

A few short stories, a few snarky ones. March in March didn’t rate, according to the nation’s media. How come, and how can activists make sure their voice is heard?

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Food fight: it’s forks at 20 paces for journos and bloggers

Food bloggers are crashing into the industry previously dominated by professional critics, and it’s ruffling some feathers. Don’t they deserve freebies like the “real” journos?

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No plane, but foreign media have found an enemy

With the lack of any evidence as to where Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went, the foreign media have all turned on the Malaysian government, writes Asia-Pacific freelance journalist Hari Raj.

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How China is using a fake news service to spread its propaganda

One of the coveted spots for foreign media at Chinese press conferences is going to a “journalist” from Global CAMG — a front for the Chinese government and not a legitimate news organisation at all.

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Audits clear ABC of bias, but don’t expect critics to listen

The ABC has started conducting regular audits of bias in its news coverage. The first two, released today, posed nothing to worry about.

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Egypt’s jailed journalists: Aussie behind bars paves the way for Sisi

Peter Greste’s case is far from isolated — Egypt’s regime has jailed dozens of journalists and activists. Egyptian-Australian journalist Myriam Robin says Sisi is sending a message.

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