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BERNARD KEANE | ONLINE | 9

Data retention hearings off to nonsensical start

The inquiry into data retention has begun — without the government being able to say what the “data” is or how much it will cost.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE | UNLOCK?

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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LUKE BUCKMASTER | ONLINE | 4

Terror in a social media age

The Australian media acted with considerable restraint during the Sydney Lindt cafe siege. But future terrorists and hostage takers will not need professional journalists to get their demands and agendas out.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE | 9 UNLOCK?

Too left-wing for News Corp? Business Spectator bids farewell to Rob Burgess

Rob Burgess has taken a redundancy from News Corp’s Business Spectator, after disagreeing with “some other journalists” about his views on things like carbon pricing and the mining tax.

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BERNARD KEANE | ONLINE | 49 UNLOCK?

Government’s full-blown war on the internet is here at last

Data retention is central to the government’s crackdown on filesharing — illustrating how its war on the internet is driven by commercial interests.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE | UNLOCK?

iSentia index: the end of a long, long year for the government

The government finished off its last sitting week of the year with a bang.

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HELEN RAZER | ONLINE |

Razer: take up Stella Young’s activism to pay tribute to a remarkable woman

Stella Young was not exceptional because she had a physical disability. She was exceptional because she put everything she had into the hard, important work of social change.

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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | ONLINE | 4

Goodbye to my friend Stella, we owe you so much

Shakira Hussein pays tribute to the biting, brilliant wit of Stella Young — and a life free from inspiration porn.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE | 1

The remarkable, surprising success of The Texas Tribune

Is there another model of journalism that can keep ‘em honest and continue to employ reporters? A not-for-profit Texas newspaper tells Sydney’s Storyology conference it can be done.

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GLENN DYER | ONLINE | 14

Commercial TV’s worst nightmare is an ad-supported ABC

Allowing the ABC to run ads would siphon profits out of free-to-air TV networks and lead to an overall lower price per ad slot, even for newspapers.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE | 1

Goodies, memberships and special events: making a buck in legacy media

As news becomes a commodity, high-brow newspapers want to sell anything but. Here’s how newspapers are turning readers into members.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE | 1

iSentia index: Lambie leaps as PUP split dominates broadcast coverage

The split between Jacqui Lambie and the Palmer United Party kept the media entertained, but voters just weren’t into the personality politics.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE | 20

Mark Scott finds chilly reception in doomed Adelaide bureau

Mark Scott faced a chilly reception in Adelaide, after announcing no more TV production would occur in the South Australian capital. ABC Adelaide staff tell Crikey they’re proud of their scrappy studios, and sad to see them go.

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An ABC insider recounts that fateful day

What was it like to work for the ABC yesterday, and what did Mark Scott say in early morning meetings? An ABC insider gives an account.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE | 2

Hold the front page (again): News UK accuses Paperboy.com of copyright infringement

The mighty hammer of News Corp’s legal team has yet again taken on tiny Canberra website ThePaperboy.com.

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ONLINE | 5

What we will lose when state 7.30 reports are cut

Glen Fuller, University of Canberra assistant professor, and Andrew Nardi, journalism and communications student, delve into the content that will be missed when state 7.30 reports go off the air.

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ONLINE | 7

The Australian media’s Sunni-Shia problem

SBS, Fairfax and the Daily Mail have all quoted “prominent Shiite spokesman” Jamal Daoud. Problem is, Daoud is a Sunni. Freelance journalist Serkan Ozturk reports.

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JASON WHITTAKER | ONLINE | 10

Turnbull reveals the extent of ABC cuts

The Communications Minister confirmed the ABC budget will be slashed by $254 million over the next four years — or 2.6% of its $5.5 billion budget — while SBS will lose $25.2 million (1.7%) over the period.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

iSentia index: G20 a mixed bag for PM, despite Modi magic

G20 coverage dominated the media this week, with PUP troubles providing local relief.

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BERNARD KEANE | ONLINE | 15

Keane: will Brandis and Turnbull go after encryption next?

The growing use of encryption and anonymisation tools by companies and consumers is infuriating security agencies and the copyright industry. When will they move against them?

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CRIKEY INTERN | ONLINE | 2

Putin on the koalas: how the world’s media reported the G20

From India to Canada, China to Russia, Crikey intern Andrey Rodionov scour’s the world’s media for their take on Brisbane’s G20.

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STILGHERRIAN | ONLINE | 2

A right to privacy or rewriting history? Debate rages on the right to be forgotten

Should you have the “right to be forgotten”? No one can agree what the EU’s landmark case means — or should mean — for Australia.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE |

News Corp increases its dominance as Fairfax circulation in freefall

It’s red everywhere, but Fairfax’s print circulation declines have been the deepest, ABC data reveals.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

iSentia Index: Defence pay, budget woes and a “tense” Putin-Abbott handshake

PUP Senator Jacqui Lambie dominated discussions this week as she agitated for a better defence force pay deal.

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BERNARD KEANE | ONLINE |

Essential: voters don’t trust companies on data retention

Voters don’t trust communications companies to store their metadata safely, today’s Essential Report reveals, and they don’t back the AFP using it to go after downloaders.

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