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PATRICK BAUME | JOURNALISM | UNLOCK?

iSentia Index: offhand comments dog the big men of parliament

Another shocker of a week for the federal and NSW state governments, with ill-thought-out statements and ICAC raising the ire of the public.

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One year on, Eureka Report was no golden goose for News Corp

News Corp paid a cool $30 million for Alan Kohler’s business websites in 2012. But with Business Spectator and Eureka Report costing money, did News overpay?

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How The Australian was protected from the cuts

Secret documents reveal News Corp is bleeding money, with The Australian in the worst shape. But Rupert’s favourite plaything seems to have been inoculated against the staff and budget cuts that hit the company’s other assets. Paddy Manning and Myriam Robin report.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM | UNLOCK?

News Corp cut one in eight newspaper jobs in 2012-13

While Fairfax has been slammed for its vast number of journalist redundancies, News Corp has kept the scale of its bloodletting under wraps. But Crikey can exclusively reveal the extent of the cuts is just as severe as at Fairfax.

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PADDY MANNING | JOURNALISM | 25 UNLOCK?

Exclusive docs show News’ Australian papers dragging down the empire

Leaked documents show a forest of brackets in News Corp’s Australian newspapers, with The Australian particularly in the red. How long can the house that Rupert built sustain such body blows?

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Tim Blair journeys to western Sydney, finds Muslims, freaks out

Remember “fair go for the west”? It’s all very well and good in theory, but when Tele columnist Tim Blair makes a sojourn (to his own city) he brings his Islamophobia with him, writes Overland editor Jeff Sparrow

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Star Observer turns to crowdfunding as legal costs threaten its future

A series of legal settlements and threats have pushed Australia’s oldest gay newspaper to the brink.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM | 2 UNLOCK?

Then and now: The Australian’s changing tune on the Press Council

The Australian could never really be described as a fan of the Australian Press Council. But it has, in the past, been far more complimentary.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM | 2 UNLOCK?

Finding tomorrow’s river of gold: Fairfax ties its future to property

Property and asset sales have led a Fairfax recovery, but it’s more precarious than it looks.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM | 6 UNLOCK?

Doubts over 3AW’s world exclusive with Islamic State commander

It’s unlikely a man interviewed on 3AW claiming to be Islamic State’s military commander Omar Shishani is the Chechen jihadi leader.

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‘Condemn or be condemned’: the optics of responding to jihad

When it comes to acts of Islamic terrorism, Muslim community leaders feel they have no choice but to wade into a debate that has little to do with them.

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PATRICK BAUME | JOURNALISM | UNLOCK?

iSentia index: Federal ministers struggle with words and NSW ICAC claims two more scalps

It was a week of gaffes and general embarrassments for MPs at state and federal level.

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Smelling an adverse ruling, The Australian turns on Press Council

The Australian has turned its particular brand of venom on Julian Disney, chair of the Press Council. Former Media Watch executive producer David Salter writes that self-regulation of the press is clearly no regulation at all.

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The neverending echo chamber of Chris Kenny’s prolonged Twitter farewell tour

By virtue of their reach and influence, Chris Kenny’s columns have become echo chambers — and on no topic is this more evident than in his conviction that Twitter is an echo chamber, writes economist Tom Westland.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM | 10 UNLOCK?

Frances Abbott leak reveals legal blackhole for whistleblowers

Experts say the case against the alleged whistleblower in “Daughtergate” is a good example of why comprehensive whistleblower protection is a very important issue for Australia.

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JEFF SPARROW | JOURNALISM | 16 UNLOCK?

Fairfax turns on Carlton as we increasingly shoot the messenger

Here and abroad, there’s a pattern emerging where the harshest punishments are reserved for those who expose crimes rather than those who may have committed them, writes Overland editor Jeff Sparrow.

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The frantic and exhausting life of a parliamentary media adviser

Former Greens staffer Colin Jacobs offers a glimpse into the life of a parliamentary media adviser — one of the most influential denizens in the corridors of power.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | JOURNALISM |

Essential: Post-election rebound lifts trust in media from the deep

Media outlets have regained some of the trust they lost during the 2013 federal election, the latest Essential Trust in Media survey shows.

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PATRICK BAUME | JOURNALISM |

iSentia index: Gaza, Justin Bieber and Ricky Muir spark discussion

Social media came into its own this week, as international events continued to dominate the local news agenda.

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Something very rotten in the state of newspapers

Why don’t we trust the media any more? Former Media Watch executive producer David Salter says the internet and television are partly to blame.

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‘I hit back and told people to get fucked’: Mike Carlton explains why he quit

Former Fairfax columnist Mike Carlton says the decision to suspend him came from Fairfax metro chief Sean Aylmer, who overruled Sydney Morning Herald editor-in-chief Darren Goodsir.

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GUY RUNDLE | JOURNALISM | 1

The Guardian‘s tabloid moment: Davies defends Dowler stories

Nick Davies defends The Guardian’s role in News of the World’s demise amid the phone hacking scandal.

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JEFF SPARROW | JOURNALISM | 17

The dangerous essentialism of anti-Semitic and Islamophobic cartoons

In Australia, there should be no place for reactionary essentialism while we debate politics and ideas, says Overland editor Jeff Sparrow.

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Sources outed as investigation into New Matilda leak nears completion

Sources that allegedly leaked documents relating to Frances Abbott’s scholarship at the Whitehouse Institute of Design are being investigated by police, The Weekend Australian has revealed.

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Critics fail to see the funny side of SMH and Oz Gaza cartoons

A Palestinian advocacy group slams The Australian, as The Sydney Morning Herald apologises for publishing controversial cartoons.

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