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The 2014 Crikeys: three cheers for the AFR, Kyle Sandilands

Crikey’s media reporter reveals the best and the worst of the media in 2014.

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The remarkable, surprising success of The Texas Tribune

Is there another model of journalism that can keep ‘em honest and continue to employ reporters? A not-for-profit Texas newspaper tells Sydney’s Storyology conference it can be done.

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Meet the startup trying to create the Spotify of news content

TV has Netflix. Music has Spotify. And now, news has inkl. Startup Smart journalist Kye White explores this ambitious new enterprise.

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The ABC debate: the ABC must innovate

Without the freedom to innovate, the ABC will just become the commercial media’s shadow, writes Margaret Simons

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The ABC debate: why Beecher and Crikey fear the ABC

Eric Beecher is “asking tough questions about the ABC” for the same reason many commercial media proprietors do — fear of competition.

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Beecher: we must ask tough questions about the ABC

Why does the ABC exist in 2014? Crikey’s chairman says some tough questions have to be asked before we can debate funding cuts to the public broadcaster.

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Who needs subs? Fairfax turns to reporter-only model

Can Fairfax’s papers survive without subeditors? The company’s giving it a red-hot go, as it entirely removes the function at three rural newspapers in New South Wales.

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On folk devils and the Oz‘s circle of confected outrage

The Australian is trying to whip up a moral panic against “activist journalists” and journalism academics. University of Canberra associate professor Glen Fuller explains why.

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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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‘Labor’s own Crikey‘ starts its subscription drive

Labor’s own Crikey has started asking Labor Party donors to sign up.

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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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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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Crikey’s intrepid reporter meets the News Corp CEO

Julian Clarke had “a very interesting day” yesterday — and today was gracious enough to speak to a Crikey reporter without throwing anything.

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News Corp’s rivers of gold drying up

Once upon a time newspapers could almost print money off the back of classified advertising. But although classies still accounted for a large slice of News Corp’s revenue in 2012-13, the rivers of gold are much shallower than they used to be.

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Star Observer turns to crowdfunding as legal costs threaten its future

A series of legal settlements and threats have pushed Australia’s oldest gay newspaper to the brink.

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Media briefs: print woes… Serious Charge … meet the Spectators …

The Age sells has lost 20% of its circulation in a year. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Something very rotten in the state of newspapers

Why don’t we trust the media any more? Former Media Watch executive producer David Salter says the internet and television are partly to blame.

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Media briefs: Strewth! … Markson v Go … more newspaper spin-offs

James Jeffreys leaves large shoes to fill. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Media briefs: trigger beat-up … online news … police apology …

Beware trigger warnings, the lamest right-wing beat-up of our time. Plus other media tidbits.

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New Matilda near death, but saviours are sniffing around

Online news and comment publication New Matilda is on its last legs after editor and owner Marni Cordell pulled the plug. But there’s been interest in another revival.

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Media briefs: paywall hopes … Uluru where? …

Paywalls are not coming close to making up for lost revenue from display ads and print sales for US newspapers. Plus other media tidbits of the day …

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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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Hustling for your journalism: Beacon offers hope — and challenges

Beacon has hit on a low-cost model to fund high quality, specialised journalism. For freelancers, it’s a way to get funds up-front to do the investigative work they want to do. But it also offers new challenges.

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Breaking news on Alain de Botton: more Martha Stewart than Bob Woodward

Modern philosopher and public intellectual Alain de Botton has some nuanced ideas about philosophy, but he doesn’t understand the modern newsroom.

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Media briefs: Lachlan’s denials … startups’ big names … imperial forces …

There’s good news and bad news for digital startup media. The good news is they’re hiring — really! Now, if only they were profitable … Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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