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Follow Crikey’s latest coverage of Fairfax. Crikey’s Fairfax coverage includes independent news, blogs and commentary.


How the property bubble is making us poorer (you wouldn’t read about it)

Even if you own your home, higher property values just means higher rates and taxes, which means less money in your pocket. The only ones who benefit from the bubble are those in the property industry — and of course, the property press.

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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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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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Media briefs: News on News … offers they couldn’t refuse …

The Australian is outraged today that its rival, Fairfax, did not give Lachlan Murdoch’s ascension the coverage it deserved. And News Corp is very against Godfather metaphors… or is it?

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Mortgages dragging Australian economy into a productivity bog

Ross Gittins has stood atop his Fairfax soapbox to decry the “nation of rent-seekers”. But Gittins might be the biggest rent-seeker of all. His model is responsible for killing productivity.

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Tips and rumours

Axe to fall on comms bureaucrats? … Biz Spec commenting curio … Qld doctors to strike? …

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Dirty tricks in the Tas, SA election campaigns? … wannabe Fairfax cadets get the cull … the case of the mouldy chemo …

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Media briefs: Fairfax results … Stuch v Mitchell hots up …

Fairfax profits are up! No, wait, theyr’e down! Well, it depends how you count the numbers. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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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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A bad year for press freedom: how Helen Liu opened the floodgates

Last year saw an unprecedented seven requests to force journalists to reveal their sources. The lawyer who defended most of those cases tells Crikey it all comes back to a disastrous 2012 ruling.

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How Japan is uniting the world (against it)

Crikey readers talk media beat-ups and the trouble brewing between our Pacific neighbours.

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Alcohol and violence: Fairfax’s shameless campaign of misrepresentation

Desperate newspapers and a rejection of basic facts has proved a toxic combination in NSW over the issue of alcohol-related violence.

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Climate sceptics crow as Fairfax starts questioning the science

Recent op-eds in Fairfax have questioned the science of climate change and the need to act on it. Is the trend here to stay — or a hiccup caused by editors being on summer holidays?

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Trust in media: ABC still leads, Telegraph takes a hit

Few media have fared well in voters’ trust in 2013, but some outlets have fared much worse than others. News Corp’s The Daily Telegraph remains Australia’s least-trusted news outlet.

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Media briefs: Linnell v Jones … Tele v Labor … wrecking ball Tony …

Fairfax editorial boss Garry Linnell is taking on a permanent radio hosting gig next year. That and other media tidbits.

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Tips and rumours

George Pell naps at Mandela service? … Brindabella Airlines chiefs celebrate Xmas … press gallery movements and committee vote …

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Tips and rumours

WA adviser is paid how much?! … Abbott runs 5.99km and no one cares … Fairfax hires (you read that right) …

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Media briefs: more Fairfax quitters … the great FM turn-off …

Fairfax is losing more star writers, and brekkie radio hosts call it quits. Plus other media snippets of the day.

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Sliding doors: why Fairfax let BRW die in print

Fairfax business magazine BRW will publish its final print edition next week. Why did it come to this?

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Spy versus spy, gatekeeper versus gatekeeper

The NSA decided that it would breach an agreement not to spy on its closest allies like Australia, Edward Snowden has revealed — while journalists quarrel over national security. To what extent should the media play gatekeeper on classified material?

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Catalano appointed CEO of Fairfax’s Domain

Antony Catalano has been appointed CEO of Fairfax’s real estate classifieds business, Domain.

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Media briefs: AFR redundo payback? … Schwartz’s print revolution …

We’ve heard a very heavy-hitter was knocked back for a redundancy from Fairfax. Plus other media snippets.

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Circulation results: Tele‘s anti-Rudd campaign falls flat

Newspapers continue to bleed, with fresh circulation stats showing double-digit drops in sales of Fairfax and News Corp titles over the last quarter. The one publication that is not dropping by too much? TV Week.

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The news is still grim for Fairfax, as Rinehart flexes muscle

The Coalition has failed to deliver Fairfax better news, with no lift in advertising revenue reported at this morning’s grim AGM. And Gina Rinehart has flexed her shareholding muscle.

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Media briefs: Fairfax redundos … Wood winner … Boland leaves …

Are Fairfax’s business reporters lining up to take redundancies, or will there be taps on the shoulder? Plus other media snippets of the day.

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