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Food fight: it’s forks at 20 paces for journos and bloggers

Food bloggers are crashing into the industry previously dominated by professional critics, and it’s ruffling some feathers. Don’t they deserve freebies like the “real” journos?

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Could Bolt do a Sullivan and blog solo? Don’t hold your breath

US-based blogger Andrew Sullivan is ditching The Daily Beast to go it alone — and is asking readers to pay for it. Could the same approach work for big-name commentators here?

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Brave News World: whose voice will still be heard?

So many new voices, so little real journalism — a breeding ground for corruption and failed politics. Gideon Haigh asks who will prevail, in the final chapter of his investigative special for Crikey on the future of the media.

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From the vault: journos v bloggers just doesn’t matter any more

The challenge confronting the mainstream media is no longer about bloggers and citizen journalists, if it ever was.

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Heidi Cohen | LINKS|

How to build and maintain a blog audience

Blogs are attractive to search engines for many reasons, and there are a range of techniques bloggers can employ to grow their readership. 15 SEO experts contribute their tips to Heidi Cohen.

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Arts editor shits on theatre blogging, flame war ensues

The Global Mail opened its coverage of Australian arts on Monday with a curious piece from Stephen Crittenden about theatre blogging. Online writers haven’t stopped talking about it since.

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Ghosts of media regulators past haunt Convergence Review

The free-to-air television networks are the big winners from the convergence review. And bloggers may be the big losers.

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More Intelligent Life | FOOD & TRAVEL|

The foul taste of online food criticism

Who judges the judges? Thanks to the proliferation of food bloggers, everyone can be a restaurant reviewer. But there’s so much noise and so little intelligence and thought, argues Tom Harrow.

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Time | LINKS|

2011′s best of the blogs

Check out Time’s annual roundup of the best of the blogs, from kooky travel blog The Everywhereist to a list of blogs — hello birther Dr Orkly Taitz! — that the world could do without.

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Political tweets eclipse blogs, but parties still don’t get it

Social media including blogs and, especially, Twitter, offer unprecedented opportunities for politicians, but take-up remains low because party machines still see it as a threat.

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Why we have to hope that Bolt wins his case

It would be a strange law that said the minute you become influential, you are less free in what you say.

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Blogger backlash over collated foodie mag

An attempt to link the online and offline food worlds in Melbourne has resulted in bloggers fury and the publishers of GRAM magazine rethinking their entire business strategy.

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Quiggin: How a newspaper became a troll

The Australian has reacted to this whole Julia Posetti defamation saga like an angry blogger, with ridiculous slurs, contradictions and a touch of Godwin’s Law. Problem is, it’s our national newspaper, laments John Quiggin.

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Pobjie’s year in review: perfect ’10 for ruction, discord and Hey Hey’s demise

I don’t think it would be hyperbolic to say that 2010 has been the most momentous and exciting year since the dawn of time, writes Ben Pobjie.

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The Wheeler Centre | JOURNALISM|

Online news: the Year of the Dwarf Penis

Internet journalism isn’t just sex, gore and photoshopped galleries of celebrities as fruit. Think of the Iran protests and the WikiLeaks Collateral Murder video, says Crikey editor Sophie Black, in a defence of online news.

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Crikey Blogs | JOURNALISM|

Pseudonyms and anonymity: a previously unpublished case study

Yes, its more on Grog’s Gamut. Some people are suggesting that bloggers should have a RIGHT to anonymity and/or the use of pseudonyms. But WHEN and HOW bloggers should identify themselves? Margaret Simons discusses a previous example.

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Crikey Blogs | LINKS|

Heritage media gibbons throwing poo

The outing of Grog’s Gamut and the petty, vindictive thuggery and implied threats behind it, speak much more about the character of the paper and the journalist involved than it does about any vacuous nonsense over imagined rights of anonymity online, says Possum Comitatus.

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Advertising Age | ADVERTISING|

Wanna buy a blog?

A whole new world of internet advertising is developing in the Forbes blogs stable, far more involved than the old sponsored post. Instead advertisers can pay to run an entire blog alongside the normal blogs run by Forbes journos.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

Grog’s Gamut outing: in whose interest?

Grog’s Gamut is the pseudonymous political blogger who drew much attention during the recent election. Now The Australian has deemed his identity news and decided public servants aren’t entitled to hold political opinions. Wrong on both counts, says Tobias Ziegler.

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Grog's Gamut | LINKS|

Grog: Why I used a pseudonym

The public identity of Grog from Grog’s Gamut — a political blogger of much acclaim in the recent election — was unveiled by The Australian this morning. Grog argues that it isn’t in “the public interest” to reveal his name and occupation.

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SmartCompany | COMPANIES|

Best of the Aussie business blogs

They may be web 2.0 savvy, but when it comes to blogging small companies are streets ahead of larger organisations. Smart Company offers its picks for the business blogs worth clicking on.

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Tuckey 2.0: Ironbar’s foray into the blogosphere

Wilson “Ironbar” Tuckey officially broke the internet yesterday when he announced during a press conference from his home in Western Australia that he was going to start a blog. So what will Ironbar blog about?

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Meanjin | BOOKS|

Writers can’t write for free forever

The rise of Australia’s literary journal blogs as intellectual spaces is a great thing. But with no money in blogging, can an effective long term model be found to sustain them? asks Jessica Au.

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The Australian | LINKS|

Murdoch and Jobs’ Holy War on bloggers

Steve Jobs is adamant to nip the blogger movement in the bud using iPad newspaper apps, and Rupert Murdoch is happy for him to do so. So far, 20,000 have downloaded Murdoch newspaper apps.

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Post-New Matilda … where to, and what are the lessons?

The coming and going of independent sites is part of new media. But what lessons, if any, are there in the death of the leftish website New Matilda?

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