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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | ONLINE |

Disability dissent silenced as ABC’s Ramp Up scrapped

Abolishing the ABC’s Ramp Up, a national platform for disabled voices, looks like an attempt to suppress dissent at a crucial moment for the sector, writes Shakira Hussein.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

iSentia index: the Clive, Malcolm and Andrew show

A busy week in state and federal politics, with rogue MPs sparking headlines and speculation.

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MATTHEW CLAYFIELD | ONLINE |

Follow Friday: @KevinRothrock, explaining the RuNet

If you want to know what’s happening in Russia, go straight to the source. Kevin Rothrock explains the “Wild West” of Russia’s internet.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

iSentia index: Popes, PUP and that infamous wink

Budget woes were basically forgotten following the PM’s ABC Radio wink.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE |

Scoops, live blogs and poachings: Guardian Australia’s influence one year on

The Guardian’s Aussie offshoot has made a serious dent in the local media landscape during its first year.

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MATTHEW CLAYFIELD | ONLINE |

Follow Friday: @uncutcg, occupying the electoral process

Carl Gibson wants to turn radical street politics into real power in Washington. He talks to Crikey about his new party, the long road to recognition and the power of Twitter.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

iSentia index: nothing but the budget

The gorgeous Abbott government’s budget has sparked plenty of discussion — most of it heated and negative.

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STILGHERRIAN | ONLINE |

Wireless world: telcos invest as we become more mobile

Telstra has announced a massive investment in wireless technology for customers today. Telcos are thinking ahead to a more wireless world.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE |

A third rising for New Matilda, but is there a path to sustainability?

New Matilda won’t be folding after all. But it needs more money to do what it does best. Crikey speaks to new owner, Chris Graham, about what he has planned.

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MATTHEW CLAYFIELD | ONLINE |

Follow Friday: @LaurenWillgo, an adventurer through Syria

Australian journalist Lauren Williams gave up the easy beat of Sydney for the Middle East, arriving just in time for the Arab Spring. She talks about her adventures and Twitter.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

iSentia index: budget, Border Force and Beyonce

It was Joe Hockey’s week in the sun, with the release of his first federal budget.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE |

‘Somebody has to do it’: why a Fairfax pull-out wouldn’t kill AAP

A consultancy report has recommended Fairfax save money by cutting its AAP subscription. But the wire brings in only a third of AAP’s revenue these days. Crikey goes inside the economics of a wire agency.

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GLENN DYER | ONLINE |

Fairfax has woes, but the red ink floods News Corp’s Aussie papers

It’s more bad news for News Corp, with Australian newspapers the worst-performing segment of its business. New filings to US regulators reveal the red ink isn’t running dry.

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MATTHEW CLAYFIELD | ONLINE |

Follow Friday: @BrigidWD, live-tweeting compulsory silence

From locked bathrooms to silent meditation retreats, journalist and novelist Brigid Delaney is committed to stream-of-consciousness tweeting.

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When photographers were always part of the story at Fairfax

Photojournalists were once considered a part of the story. The decision to slash the ranks of snappers at Fairfax ends an era, writes former Age photographer Chris Beck.

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PADDY MANNING | ONLINE |

‘Necessary evil’? Fairfax cuts despite good results

Fairfax has announced dozens of redundancies to cut costs, but is the company really in bad financial shape?

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

iSentia index: gloves off for pollies and businessmen alike

There was plenty of biffo covered in the media this week, as the government gears up for its first budget.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE |

New Matilda near death, but saviours are sniffing around

Online news and comment publication New Matilda is on its last legs after editor and owner Marni Cordell pulled the plug. But there’s been interest in another revival.

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Bureaucrats in the digital age: the very model of a modern mandarin

The days of fearless advice from long-serving public servants to their ministers are long behind us. Tom Burton, publisher of The Mandarin, asks: what is the current state of Australia’s public service?

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MATTHEW CLAYFIELD | ONLINE |

Follow Friday: @mattzollerseitz, creating the internet water cooler

New York Magazine’s Matt Zoller Seitz is your go-to guy for TV and film criticism and recaps. Plus he’s besties with Wes Anderson. Worth a follow on Twitter …

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE |

How to spin a budget: leaks, drops and the age of no surprises

From the leaks to the drops to the denials, there’s little about a federal budget that isn’t planned ahead. Crikey goes inside the process to reveal how it’s done.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

iSentia index: Palmer, Hockey and Abbott dominate discussion

Between defections, elections and the budget, there was plenty of news to occupy political junkies this week.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ONLINE |

Sub-hub Pagemasters’ jilted bride could come back to haunt

Outsourced subediting company Pagemasters walked away from a deal with an Asian consortium. It’s now looking for other Australian suitors — Pagemasters might come off second-best in the competition.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

iSentia index: Royals, Direct Action and a premier cut down

NSW politics dominated national news this week, catapulting plenty of NSW politicians into the Index for the first time.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE |

Journalism, or just good PR? Meet Australia’s newest media publisher

ANZ is the first bank to set up a corporate newsroom in Australia. Is it just a PR exercise, or will it do good journalism? And should readers trust it? Crikey went to the launch.

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