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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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How News Corp’s pursuit of ASIO made life harder for journalists

Once upon a time News Corp was not an unquestioning cheerleader for the government. And its overreach led to the current overly restrictive national security legislation, explains lawyer and former government adviser Marcus Priest.

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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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Stella Count finds male reviewers shun books by women

Leading Australian publications favour reviews of books by men over books by women, the Stella Count has found. Their predominantly male reviewers could be to blame.

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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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Children draw Paul Kelly’s Escalator of Decline

The Australian writer Paul Kelly has invoked the image of the “escalator of decline”. What is this escalator? Where is it going? Crikey’s junior readers give us their take.

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Turn off Ten: even MasterChef can’t save falling ad revenue

The election a year ago means most sectors saw a year-on-year decline in ad spending. But things are worse at Ten, and even worse for some newspaper groups.

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iSentia index: war, politics and Kimye

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

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MYRIAM ROBIN | PRINT | 7

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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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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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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News Corp leak points to systemic problems, say business experts

Legal threats and bluster only made things worse for News Corp in the face of Crikey’s investigation, SmartCompany deputy editor Eloise Keating reports.

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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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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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MYRIAM ROBIN | PRINT | 5

‘They don’t control us’: Disney takes on News

If the price of maintaining News Corp’s support is that the Press Council can’t be effective, it’s not worth having the money, the chairman of the Press Council told Crikey.

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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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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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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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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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‘This is our community’: inside the real Lakemba that Blair ignored

Freelance writer Kavita Bedford retraces Tele writer Tim Blair’s steps in the western suburb of Lakemba and wonders: how much did Blair really learn while inside his hotel room for one night?

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Press Council chair recuses himself from News Corp adjudications

Press Council chair Julian Disney will no longer adjudicate complaints involving News Corp, after a campaign against him.

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Are News’ Australian newspapers really doing better than last year?

News Corp executives have continually dismissed Crikey’s explosive revelation that things were not so peachy in 2012-13 with the assertion that 2013-14 was the year it all turned around. But a look through this year’s report suggests that might not be so …

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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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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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