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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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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE |

Crikey’s three-step guide to spinning your readership figures

Want to use EMMA figures to beat up your competitors and reassure your readers? Crikey has your three-step guide.

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CRIKEY INTERN | ONLINE |

Miranda Devine’s bizarre war on cyclists

Daily Telegraph columnist Miranda Devine has written a spray against bike lanes in this morning’s paper. Just where does her hatred of bikes come from? Crikey intern Andrei Ghoukassian has one suggestion…

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

iSentia index: one year on, is Tony Abbott the foreign affairs PM?

The Abbott government’s most popular minister has had a good run in the media this week, unlike many of her cabinet counterparts.

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Bureau of Regret: Mungo lives!

Anne Summers whipped Twitter into a frenzy with a tweet announcing the death of Mungo MacCallum. Let’s see what journalists and public figures piled on — and then hastily deleted their condolences when Mungo was found tucking into some eggs.

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STILGHERRIAN | ONLINE |

Making Twitter more like Facebook is a terrible idea

Twitter is considering changing its format so that it will curate your news feed. But that will defeat the entire purpose of Twitter — and a lot of breaking news will be lost in the process.

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Media briefs: ads on the ABC … Butler to Oz … Clooney on Rupert …

Woolworths has found a clever way to get its ads on the ABC. And other media tidbits of the day.

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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | ONLINE |

Islamic State, homicidal click-bait and the politics of snuff films

Real world violence can too often take on a false cinematic quality for those trying to understand and prevent it. It’s about time we went off-script.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

iSentia index: military action and axing taxes dominates discussion

A surge in international conflicts has kept our defence-related politicians in the media spotlight.

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How long can News Corp keep up the juggling act?

News Corp has been able to shelter its financial health thanks to some wily tax planning, but if the company is finally compelled to swing the axe, Amplify will be the first to go. Glenn Dyer and Paddy Manning report.

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DAVID SALTER | ONLINE |

Vindictive, self-serving tosh: the Oz v the Press Council a phoney war

They sky is not falling, and the Australian media world will continue to turn despite News Corp picking a fight with the Press Council.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

iSentia index: the Miley, Clive and Abbott show

The twerk team assembled this week, as media focus turned back home after weeks of foreign news.

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IS got you down? Worried about the future of media? Ask Sam de Brito!

Want to know what to think about the rise of the Islamic State? Should America withdraw from the policy spheres of other nations, or will that give rise to more brutality? Ask Sam de Brito, Fairfax’s everyman, who will give you the answers you need, with the sex advice you don’t.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE |

The Oz’s attacks on the Press Council put media freedom at risk

The Australian’s editorials have mused about leaving the Press Council, but News Corp can’t officially do so without four years’ notice. It could, however, gut the watchdog by undermining its authority. And that may well be the strategy …

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Chris Kenny, barista? How The Australian can become profitable

A business that’s losing money should cut costs, cut wages, make hard choices and let the market decide, right? Let’s see The Australian practise what it preaches, writes a senior economics commentator.

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PADDY MANNING | ONLINE |

Now we know News’ losses — how do they compare with Fairfax’s?

Fairfax has always been more transparent about reporting its profits and losses on a granular level. Now we finally have the same information for News Corp. And guess which company comes out on top …

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DAVID SALTER | ONLINE |

Recycled rhetoric: Mark Scott echoes the ghosts of ABC’s past

You know what they say: The more things change, the more the ABC commits to dodgy, recycled restructures doomed to failure.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

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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PADDY MANNING | ONLINE |

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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MATTHEW CLAYFIELD | ONLINE |

Follow Friday: @r3sho on the Kurdish twittersphere and the battle against the Islamic State

Kurdistan is back in the media spotlight as the Islamic State’s power spreads — and it’s up to Kurdish ex-pats to keep it there, says Resho Bistuyek.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE |

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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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

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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Welcome to the Department of Australia’s Bureau of Regret

Nothing shows you the true measure of a public figure like the things they try to cover up — and the Department of Australia would like to share them with you.

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MATTHEW CLAYFIELD | ONLINE |

Follow Friday: @OKANsays on Sunday’s Turkish presidential election

Turkey’s gearing up for its first presidential election, but Turkish commentator Okan Altiparmak has doubts about how democratic it will really be.

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