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iSentia index: MH17 disaster brings foreign affairs into sharp focus

A busy week in news — from MH17 to a certain PUP senator’s requirements for a partner.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | PRINT | 4 UNLOCK?

Higher standards for opinion writing as Press Council refocuses for digital age

Fact and opinion articles will be subjected to the same standards of accuracy and fairness under new Press Council principles to take effect from August 1.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | PRINT | 2

Fairfax ‘weathered the storm’, says Hywood, but more cuts possible

The Fairfax CEO had no patience for critics at a Melbourne Press Club appearance last week, telling those gathered that his company had “weathered the storm”.

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iSentia Index: Palmer rules broadcast as Senate wrangling dominates coverage

Clive Palmer and his rag-tag bunch of senators have got people talking across all forms of media.

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50 things The Australian hates

We celebrate The Australian’s 50th birthday with a list of 50 things that have come in for a lashing of its poisoned pen.

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Watchdog or attack dog? The Australian at 50

Australia’s only nationwide broadsheet turns 50 today. Former Australian media writers Matthew Ricketson and Andrew Dodd take a look at the vendettas it has pursued over the years.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | PRINT | 5

UPDATED: Around 80 jobs to go as ABC rejigs foreign coverage

The Asia Pacific News Centre and the ABC’s International Division are likely to contribute most of the 80 redundancies announced to staff this morning, as the ABC grapples with the budget cuts.

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GUY RUNDLE | PRINT | 5

Rundle: anatomy of a beat-up on Aboriginal literacy

The Australian is tearing down a straw-man in its stories on Aboriginal education this week. Time for a Rundle reality check.

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iSentia Index: The first rule of Boat Club: never talk about Boat Club

Asylum seekers and the World Cup were the two biggest conversation drivers of the week.

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Update: Albrechtsen scores powerful gig at ABC/SBS

Culture warrior Janet Albrechtsen is to play a key role in appointments at the ABC and SBS

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iSentia index: with fancy footwork, Clive outshines them all

Clive Palmer certainly knows how to keep his name in the paper.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | PRINT | 6

A ‘brave’ cover, but will it sell? Women’s Weekly puts its money where its mouth is

It’s not unusual for the Australian Women’s Weekly to feature someone not known for their modelling on the front. But July’s cover is still, for the magazine industry, shocking. If it flops, it could be a long time before anyone takes the risk again.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | PRINT | 7

Crikey Clarifier: Coulson knew, so why is Brooks not guilty?

Coulson was found guilty of conspiracy to commit phone-hacking, but the evidence wasn’t there to convict his more powerful predecessor.

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Rundle: Brooks sheds the devil’s mark, does Australia beckon?

Andy Coulson has been found guilty of phone hacking, but redhead editrix Rebekah Brooks has got off scott-free. Where will she be heading next? Crikey’s writer-at-large speculates she could be Australia-bound.

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iSentia index: sport and foreign affairs dominate discussion

A big week for sports fans made for a quiet week politically — the first one since the budget was delivered.

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The letter to the editor The Australian wouldn’t run

When public health expert Professor Mike Daube wrote to the Oz about their ‘exclusive’ plain packaging yarn, they refused to publish his letter in full. Here’s what it said.

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iSentia index: Victorian Parliament stumbles on while Abbott stays in the limelight

The Prime Minister’s overseas trip took the attention off the budget, at least for a little while.

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How racist is Australia? Pretty damn racist

Fairfax writer Mark Sawyer says Australians are not particularly racist. But stand-up comic and writer Aamer Rahman begs to differ …

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iSentia index: major parties held to ransom by their smaller opponents

Micro-parties and independent MPs caused plenty of grief at both state and federal levels this week.

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Rundle: gong for friendly feminist a sly move for Abbott

Is Virginia Haussegger — the journalist who once caused a storm for blaming feminists for her failure to have children — the kind of feminist that even anti-feminists can like?

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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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iSentia index: Popes, PUP and that infamous wink

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

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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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NYT, Le Monde ditch eds: where are all the female media leaders?

There are few female editors atop the world’s major newspapers, and as of this morning, there are two fewer, write Crikey’s Myriam Robin and Glenn Dyer.

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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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