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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE | UNLOCK?

iSentia index: Ebola finally gets some attention in a slow week for politics

The death of Gough Whitlam sparked discussion in what had been an otherwise quiet week.

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DAVID SALTER | ONLINE | 16

The ABC debate: why Beecher and Crikey fear the ABC

Eric Beecher is “asking tough questions about the ABC” for the same reason many commercial media proprietors do — fear of competition.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE | 4 UNLOCK?

‘Bolt and News Corp want a pound of something’: defamation case kicks off

David Barrows, an accountant and recently graduated lawyer, is representing himself as he sues News Corp and Andrew Bolt. The case starts in Melbourne today.

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BERNARD KEANE | ONLINE | 5

How the ABC spends its money

Numerous reviews into the ABC have come up with the same conclusion: the ABC needs more money, not less, to do what it is chartered to do.

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ERIC BEECHER | ONLINE | 35

Beecher: we must ask tough questions about the ABC

Why does the ABC exist in 2014? Crikey’s chairman says some tough questions have to be asked before we can debate funding cuts to the public broadcaster.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE | UNLOCK?

iSentia Index: grand finals over, but football slang takes over political discussion

Tony Abbott’s comments about Russian President Vladimir Putin managed to divert attention away from Labor’s take on national security laws.

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PADDY MANNING | ONLINE | 1 UNLOCK?

Oz v AFR: Why News Corp thinks it’s winning the battle for business readers

If Fairfax blinks, News Corp could corner a national monopoly on business news. Circulation figures show why The Australian has moved on the AFR’s turf.

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HELEN RAZER | ONLINE |

Razer: mentally ill need adequate services, not a feel-good ABC campaign

The ABC’s Mental As campaign made some celebrities feel very nice about themselves, but there was not a whisper about the inadequate healthcare to treat mental illness.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | ONLINE | UNLOCK?

Mayne’s guide to media company AGMs this season

With Peter Costello, Gina Rinehart and Kerry Stokes all entering the fray, it’s shaping up to be an AGM season of big personalities and even bigger corporate adjustments.

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BERNARD KEANE | ONLINE | 5 UNLOCK?

The end of Tinder for Mandarins? PM&C cracks down on social media

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s already absurd social media restrictions are now even sillier and more draconian.

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BERNARD KEANE | ONLINE | 6 UNLOCK?

How the AFP avoids pesky paper trails when it asks for your data

The AFP obtains metadata “informally” from foreign communications companies — and no one’s keeping any records.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE | 7 UNLOCK?

How to do business journalism on TV? It’s a question of priorities at Aunty

Losing The Business would leave the ABC without a major business show on ABC1. But is a specialist program the best way to use Aunty’s resources?

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STEPHEN MAYNE | ONLINE | 4

Mayne: Gina Rinehart the wildcard at upcoming Fairfax AGM

Will Roger Corbett be staying on as chairman of the Fairfax board? Or more importantly: does Gina Rinehart want him to?

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BERNARD KEANE | ONLINE | 7

Labor’s Methuselah spots the digital challenge and opportunity

John Faulkner has gone further than ever before in urging Labor Party reform — but his analysis of the threats and opportunities to his party is every bit as important.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

iSentia index: burqas, budget woes and Russell Crowe

The NRL grand final proved to be a welcome distraction from the argy-bargy in parliament over burqas and Queensland.

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ONLINE | 5

Postcard from Young, the ‘Muslim capital of the outback’

The Daily Telegraph has dubbed Young, NSW, the “Muslim capital of the outback”. But former Young Witness cadet Chloe Booker finds the reality is much more complex.

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ONLINE | 3

Media briefs: Clare on community TV … Grey Lady cuts … ISIS began here? …

Labor doesn’t mind community TV being kicked off the airwaves — it just says they need more time. And other media tidbits of the day.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

iSentia index: terrorism, asylum seekers and George Clooney’s wedding

The marriage of the world’s (formerly) most eligible bachelor was light relief in a week of grim news.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE | 2

An end for the King’s Tribune: ‘It came down to money’

One of Melbourne’s most well-respected independent media outlets is closing down, after a change in editor Jane Gilmore’s personal circumstances.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

iSentia index: everyone’s talking terror

Jacqui Lambie is punching well above her weight in media mentions, and the nation’s media talks terrorism.

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The Twitter anonymity guide for whistleblowers, activists and ABCNewsintern

Leslie Nassar, Crikey’s Department of Australia and formerly Fake Stephen Conroy on Twitter, explains how to keep your anonymous account secret.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE |

ABC board member breaks silence on ABC cuts

A member of the ABC board has ended that body’s silence by publicly defending the role of the ABC in the Fairfax press this morning.

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Bureau of Regret: the streets are paved with iPhones

Reading comprehension and numeracy went by the wayside as public figures got excited about the new iPhone.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

iSentia index: war, politics and Kimye

War managed to trump celebrity gossip this week, but only just.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE |

Mia Freedman’s Mamamia expanding to Melbourne

As the Huffington Post gears up for an Australian launch this time next year, Australia’s own answer to personal narrative-driven women’s media is beefing up.

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