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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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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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PATRICK BAUME | PRINT | 1 UNLOCK?

iSentia index: the great disconnect edition

Are voters really turning against the Abbott government? The polls say yes, but there might be something bigger at play here.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | PRINT | 10 UNLOCK?

A ‘fair go’ for the West, but is outer Sydney good enough for News Corp?

As News Corp champions western Sydney, where it sells 25% of its total NSW circulation, it’s moving its journalists to to the CBD. Long-time western Sydney resident Mark Latham is sceptical.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | PRINT | 6

Fairfax sorry for the ‘throw away’ racist cartoon that made it to print

A Fairfax newspaper has run a cartoon poking fun at African people for having fat lips, rejected elsewhere for being “too offensive”. The Bendigo Advertiser has offered a full apology.

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iSentia index: WA Senate and ICAC get people talking

The ICAC hearing and WA Senate do-over kept party leaders at the forefront of political discussion across the country.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | PRINT | 10

Scott v Mitchell: the ABC debate that never happened

ABC boss Mark Scott was happy to debate The Australian’s editor Chris Mitchell, but scheduling conflicts got in the way. Will the epic media bout ever take place?

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MYRIAM ROBIN | PRINT | 9

The new media cadets: older, more experienced, exhausted by the climb

In today’s competitive hustle for journalism jobs, you’re never too old or too qualified for an entry-level position. Crikey goes behind the scenes on Fairfax’s gruelling cadet application process.

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Stop press! The Herald Sun front page that never was

There was drama at the Herald Sun last night when a court ordered it to ditch its front-page story at the last minute. What happened and why?

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PATRICK BAUME | PRINT |

iSentia index: Knights, dames and boats

Prime Minister Tony Abbott was back at the top of the charts this week, with his latest announcements proving particularly unpopular.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | PRINT | 1

A fleeting introduction, a whole world of coverage: Lachlan’s first day

Many of the journalists at News Corp’s Holt Street bunker barely saw Lachlan Murdoch yesterday. If you really want to know what’s going on, you’d best go outside the organisation.

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iSentia index: Abbott and Sinodinos keep the cycle spinning

It was a week of leaders sticking by their men in the wake of controversy, across state and federal politics.

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‘Obsession’ cuts both ways in The Australian‘s war on Media Watch

The Australian says Media Watch is obsessed with News Corp. But scarcely a week goes by without the paper taking a shot at the ABC program. Today is no exception.

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A March in March media blackout? How to get your protest covered

A few short stories, a few snarky ones. March in March didn’t rate, according to the nation’s media. How come, and how can activists make sure their voice is heard?

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No plane, but foreign media have found an enemy

With the lack of any evidence as to where Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went, the foreign media have all turned on the Malaysian government, writes Asia-Pacific freelance journalist Hari Raj.

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How China is using a fake news service to spread its propaganda

One of the coveted spots for foreign media at Chinese press conferences is going to a “journalist” from Global CAMG — a front for the Chinese government and not a legitimate news organisation at all.

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Audits clear ABC of bias, but don’t expect critics to listen

The ABC has started conducting regular audits of bias in its news coverage. The first two, released today, posed nothing to worry about.

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Forbes rich: Bill’s back, Zuckerberg zooms, more women (with Gina)

Whatsapp, Facebook and more women were the notable inclusions on this years Forbes Rich List, writes Yolanda Redup at SmartCompany.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | PRINT |

The Saturday Paper hits newsstands: it’s good, but is it enough?

Publisher Morry Schwartz said The Saturday Paper will have the first and last word. But the editors Crikey spoke to say that isn’t the case … at least not yet.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | PRINT |

Modern, subversive and short-lived: a newspaper eulogy

Newspapers were always about more than journalism. Journalist and historian Rachel Buchanan has created an obituary for Melbourne’s 525 dead newspapers, revealing their true worth.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | PRINT |

Newspaper editors at war: Crikey mediates Mitchell v Stutch

Chris Mitchell and Michael Stutchbury used to work together. Now their newspapers are at war, and it’s getting personal. Crikey’s media reporter mediates.

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Half-time show: the prosecution’s case on phone hacking

The prosecution has outlined its case against former News of the World executives, and the defence will start next week. Journalist Rodney Tiffen reports from London for Inside Story.

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Rundle: Planet Janet, a Wolf, the Lone Survivor and other illiberalism

Janet Albrechtsen writes on a spurious “cultural divide” in Hollywood and at home. Her fact-free propaganda exemplifies the illiberal spirit of the Right. Our writer-at-large goes to the movies.

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Fairfax trumps News in race for digital subscribers: audit

Fairfax’s paywalls are more porous, and more expensive to unlock. But its two metro dailies are streaking ahead of News Corp when it comes to digital subscribers.

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iSentia index: bushfires, Toyota and drought dominate discussion

Requests for the Coalition to help out a number of Australian industries were strong in the media this past week.

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