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Print circulation circling the drain: is it time for drastic measures?

Australian newspapers are losing more and more revenue from their declining print circulations. When will publishers say enough is enough and take steps to staunch the bleeding? Glenn Dyer and Myriam Robin report.

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BERNARD KEANE | ONLINE |

Labor to roll over on data retention bill — but with a twist

Labor is poised to back a data retention regime, but protection for journalists and whistleblowers is under consideration.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE |

Watch out, iSentia, the Norwegians are coming

Norwegian media monitoring company Meltwater is beefing up its service to better compete with homegrown company iSentia.

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iSentia Index: PM survives spill while polls continue to dive

A huge week in state and federal politics kept Tony Abbott in the glare of the media spotlight.

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Data retention will hurt YOU, not criminals. Here’s how

The government’s data retention is far more likely to harm ordinary Australians than catch criminals or terrorists. Bernard Keane and senior IP and communications lawyer Leanne O’Donnell explain how.

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BERNARD KEANE | ONLINE |

Officials admit: we can’t justify data retention

Inquiries into data retention show that there is no evidence it will do what the government claims it will do.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE |

Disney throws a grenade at News Corp in Press Council swan song

The Press Council chair only mentioned News Corp once in his speech to the Press Club today. But read between the lines, and it was a pointed criticism of the organisation’s hypocrisy on free speech.

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HELEN RAZER | ONLINE |

Razer’s Class Warfare: a literary analysis of Rupert Murdoch’s tweets

Gawker suggests Rupert Murdoch may tweet while drunk. But Helen Razer thinks there may be a more poetic explanation …

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

iSentia Index: Knighthood for Queen’s Consort drowns out everything else

It’s been a busy week for Tony Abbott and Campbell Newman, with both leaders forced to defend their decisions.

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BERNARD KEANE | ONLINE |

AGD fails to do its mass surveillance homework

The bureaucrats behind the long-running push for mass surveillance have laid bare their reasoning for data retention. Too bad they didn’t do their homework.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

iSentia index: Queensland, Manus Island and #Tay4Hottest100

It’s been a rough week for Labor’s campaign in Queensland, with leader Annastacia Palaszczuk’s media profile shrinking compared to last week.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE |

Why Australia’s news editors ran the Charlie Hebdo cartoons

The journalistic ethics around republishing the Charlie Hebdo cartoons are delicate, and Australian editors didn’t take their responsibilities lightly.

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PADDY MANNING | ONLINE |

Watchdog or Lapdog: why should you read the business pages?

Now that the dust has settled on the global financial crisis, we have to ask ourselves: is our business press holding the powerful to account? Is it more watchdog or lapdog? And what is the point of business journalism, anyway?

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BERNARD KEANE | ONLINE |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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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