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‘An embarrassment or a disaster?’: journos weigh in on the gladiatorial interview

Kerry O’Brien says journalists these days are going for shock tactics, rather than eliciting information. But is that a bad thing?

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The enduring loneliness of BRW, Fairfax’s forgotten child

Former entrepreneurial powerhouse magazine BRW has just one employee. What is Fairfax going to do with the publication?

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Scientologists launch new media strategy

Australia’s Scientologists stand ready to answer questions, they assured journalists on Friday.

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Seven spoils Pearce exclusive as simulated dog sex nets a cool $60k

There’s big money in photos and videos of sports stars in controversial acts, as Myriam Robin and Glenn Dyer report.

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‘Synthetic balance’: the ABC’s editorial quandry

Is suggesting a journalist write a negative piece about Labor “balance” for writing a negative piece about the Coalition?

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Isentia Index: Memes at the ready! PM calls for Aussies to mock Daesh online

Summer holidays be damned: our politicians are still in business mode.

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Compact, schmompact: Fairfax has gone tabloid

An increase in adverse Press Council complaints and looming defamation action suggest Fairfax might have gone tabloid after all, writes freelance journalist Alan Austin.

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Did the ABC gag its tech journo to stay in Turnbull’s good books?

An ABC technology writer, who has taken a redundancy, says the public broadcaster “gagged” him from writing on the NBN so as not to upset the Liberals.

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The year Australia declared war on the internet

We might now be agile and disruptive, but in 2015 the Australian government circumscribed Australians’ online life more than ever before.

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Is Michelle Guthrie going to sell ads on your ABC?

Given her commercial experience, is Michelle Guthrie likely to partially commercialise the ABC? An interview this morning suggested she might be open to it.

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Bill Leak, New Matilda and the freedom to troll

Yes, the cartoon in The Australian was racist. But it seems like it was published only to make the left jump up and down and scream “racism”.

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No free lunch: what journos learned on their Israel junket

Is it possible to write objectively about Israel if you have been treated to an all-expenses-paid vacation?

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Isentia Index: Tony Abbott performs Suspicious Minds twice at karaoke, world twice as unimpressed

Everyone is shaking it off except Abbott.

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Why the media are so fascinated by Peta Credlin

Is Peta Credlin the reason for the Abbott government’s downfall? Is fascination with her reasonable political comment, or just pure sexism?

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Isentia index: It’s ‘not a time for gestures or machismo’… or cake with Tony?

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s five-nation tour is on a brief hiatus, after introducing himself to at least 20 leaders, and will finish at the CHOGM summit in Malta next week after stopping by Parliament’s final fortnight of sitting. His national security speech yesterday outlined the reasons for not stepping up Australia’s military response against ISIS, […]

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How the West can defeat Islamic State

From unilateral military action to involving Syria and Russia, there are numerous theories as to the best way to defeat the terrorist threat of Islamic State.

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‘Magical’ newspapers take a hammering in circulation figures

Hey presto! Watch as their print editions (slowly, painfully) disappear!

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Isentia Index: Will election 2016 be another GST referendum?

Turnbull, Morrison and … Irwin? Politics and reality TV get people talking.

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Labor Herald loses editor, care factor, 4 months in

The Labor Herald has lost its founding editor in just four months. But from what Crikey hears, no one is really that surprised.

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‘Insidious propaganda’ or ‘a political reporter’s job’? The art of the soft interview

Is there a place in Australian political life for going to dinner at ScoMo’s?

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Staff cuts leave ABC even more Sydney-centric

The ABC has shed more than 300 staff in the past year, with the result of an even more Sydney-focused workforce.

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Isentia Index: Love thy neighbour, just keep the door locked

Horse racing and politics dominated the media conversation this week.

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Media in the dock as new union royal commission allegations surface

Should the media have been more sceptical of one of the trade union royal commission’s star witnesses?

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Why you need to care about the Tele-Mail Bachelorette nonsense

Boo hoo, a tabloid spoiled a reality show. But the case illustrates a broader problem with the law around confidential information.

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Abbott gets green light from red tops, but refugee speech sinks in UK press

Tony Abbott has brought his “stop the boats” message to the UK. But as Crikey media reporter Myriam Robin and freelance journalist Alan Austin report, Britons weren’t completely on board …

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