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James Button’s account of his time working in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet is set to further strain the public service’s rigid insistence on complete confidentiality. He talks to Crikey.

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New Kid on the Block: Journalist Complaints? Get it off your chest

Journalist Complaints, launched just weeks ago, is an example of citizens taking the monitoring of the media into their own hands, in the absence of an effective regulator.

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Protecting sources … when is a journalist not a journalist?

Just who is and isn’t a journalist is yet to be tested in court. One day, surely, it will be and that will be very interesting indeed. Is bad journalism, such as Andrew Bolt’s recent litigated inaccuracies, still journalism. Is good blogging journalism? Interesting questions.

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Media soft-pedals approach to murky world of disclosure

I think in this saga the Herald Sun has been more clueless than culpable — although sometimes deep cluelessness can itself be culpable.

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Alarm over pharma-sponsored journalism at The Australian

Journalism leaders and researchers have raised concerns about a deal between the pharma industry group Medicines Australia and The Australian, which has led to direct sponsorship of health journalism.

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Senate to re-open bloggers versus journalists

That tired “bloggers are not journalists” debate looks like it’ll surface in Australia’s Senate soon, thanks to the Greens. It’ll be annoying. But it’ll be a good thing.

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Simons: it wasn’t unethical to name Grog’s Gamut

As for Grog’s Gamut, I don’t think the Oz has done anything unethical. Just mean. But there are other questions to be answered.

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Tom Scott | LINKS|

Warning! This article contains unsourced, unverified information from Wikipedia

Just what every discerning newspaper reader needs: hilarious warning stickers. They help distinguish between stories based on an unverified, anonymous tipoff and those written too close to deadline to check facts.

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Hunger for a story v right to privacy: can the media balance both?

Am I wrong in thinking that there is a change coming in attitudes to the thing that so many in the community regard as an oxymoron: journalism ethics? Paul Keating offered an unassailable argument for sensible privacy legislation.

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Media Shift | JOURNALISM|

Journalists are overly precious

Many professions face public criticism, yet journalists seem to take personal offence when their own work is called into question. How can they dish it daily but not take it themselves?

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ABC | JOURNALISM|

Holmes: Getting to the source of it

Jonathan Holmes tells the story of his trip to Argentina in 1978 to report on government’s killings and kidnappings. A key witness appeared, but who could guarantee a source’s safety?

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Journalists condemn Channel Seven

Journalists around the country have signed their names to an open letter condemning Channel Seven’s exposure of NSW MP David Campbell, writes Jenna Price.

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Slate | JOURNALISM|

In defense of journalists stalking Sarah Palin

Journalist Joe McGinnis is writing a book about Sarah Palin. What better way to get to know her than by moving in next door? Palin is pissed, but Jack Shafer reckons it’s fair (a a little grubby) game.

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Discover | JOURNALISM|

“This is cool” vs. “smells funny” science stories

Are “news you can use” science stories the best way to engage the masses on otherwise nerdy topics? Or just cheap populism at the expense of “serious” science journalism? A defense of popular science.

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The Guardian | JOURNALISM|

Greenslade: When tabloid journalism gets it right

The News of the World’s expose on Fergie trying to sell off access to Prince Andrew for £500,000 was all above board, says Roy Greenslade. Sometimes journalists are justified in using entrapment.

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Beecher: Tabloid media laughing all the way to the pub on Campbell

The latest “debate” about media and privacy, triggered by last week’s television expose of NSW Minister David Campbell leaving a gay club, is a sham conducted by people who are paid extremely well to legitimise something that is nasty and indefensible.

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Crikey Blogs | JOURNALISM|

Simons: Why I won’t accept a free e-reader (even though I really want one)

Borders has sent our media blogger Margaret Simons a free e-reader, but although she needs and wants one, she’s giving it to the local Rotary op-shop instead.

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Columbia Journalism Review | LINKS|

Why we can no longer trust the WSJ

On Tuesday, the Wall St Journal ran a front-page photo of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan playing softball. It was clearly implying she is a lesbian, says Ryan Chittum: this never would have happened at the pre-Murdoch Journal.

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Boston Globe | LINKS|

Former Newsweek journo: we lied, plagarised, and drank vodka

Veteran journo Alex Beam reminisces on cutting his news industry chops at Newsweek in the 1970s: it was “like an upside-down journalism school” where he learned lots of bad habits — like poaching content from TIME.

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Mother Jones | LINKS|

Is Elena Kagan gay? Who cares?

The endless media speculation over the sexuality of new Supreme Court Justice nominee Elena Kagan is just thinly veiled misogyny, says Stephanie Mencimer. So she plays poker and smokes cigars? Get over it.

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POLISMedia | JOURNALISM|

Charlie Beckett: How to report on a hung parliament

Britain’s hung parliament presents a big challenge for journalists. Experienced hack Charlie Beckett explains how journos can report impartially and proportionately on a hung parliament, without getting too dull and wonky.

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ABC | LINKS|

Holmes: Deveny didn’t deserve the dumping

Jonathan Holmes weighs in on the Catherine Deveny sacking debacle, outing himself for his own controversial Logies tweeting from his official ABC account.

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Crikey Blogs | JOURNALISM|

Mark Day vs. Crikey

The Australian’s Mark Day has taken a swipe at Crikey’s muckraking journalism. Talk to the hand, says Margaret Simons.

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upstart | JOURNALISM|

Did the NRL scoop the media?

The Melbourne Storm salary cap scandal is already one of the biggest stories in Australian sporting history — but the news was broken by the NRL, not the media. Did Australia’s sports media drop the ball?

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A Developing Story | JOURNALISM|

Burying ethics for the sake of photojournalism

Photographer Marco Vernaschi created a stunning and shocking series of images on child sacrifice in Uganda. But to get the shots, he persuaded a grieving mother to exhume her mutilated daughter’s body so that he could photograph it, raising some serious ethical and legal questions.

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