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Media briefs: Hockey the critic … 2DayFM wins … Bob each way …

Joe Hockey (and much of the country) was unhappy with both the ABC and Sky’s coverage of Saturday night’s elections. Who knew South Australia would be more interesting? Plus other media tidbits …

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Which news websites you’re clicking on — or not

Which news websites soared and which flopped in Australia in 2013? Crikey scours the numbers — and the results may surprise.

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Tips and rumours

Bid to save Luke McIlveen by News … email to Qantas staff … First Dog commemorates Xmas …

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Abuse experts blast News Corp’s paedophile fear mongering

Can you spot a paedophile? News.com.au has assembled a checklist, but the experts tell Crikey intern Angelo Risso it’s rubbish.

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Richard Farmer’s campaign bites

Is Tony Abbott doing enough to prepare Australians for tough times ahead? The Coalition has a chocolate policy, plus other political campaign bites.

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Media briefs: boats explained … royal babymania … psychic property …

Australian mags are getting in on the excitement over the imminent arrival of the royal baby. But do you really need to knit Wills and Kate and bub?

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News.com.au’s Struggle St struggles …. Leveson latest … reporting armageddon …

News.com.au’s struggle street struggles … gay marriage and knowing your history …Front Page of the Day …Leveson inquiry: subterfuge can be in public interest, says Guardian reporter …

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Reviving Queen Victoria… Leveson inquiry latest …

At news.com.au, the queen is dead, long live the queen. Plus, our Front Page of the Day and The Department of Corrections picks and other media news from around the glove.

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Dwarfed by old news … CMail on hair … Wilkins on Goldblum …

In today’s Media Briefs: old news dwarfs real news for News.com.au … Front Page of the Day … Meanwhile, in Alice Springs … Richard Wilkins on why he reported the death of Jeff Goldblum and more …

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Hywood gets the Fairfax gig .. Munro gives up the fight

Fairfax is still insisting today it conducted an “international search” for its new CEO. But however extensive that search was, the result remains what was long predicted — interim head Greg Hywood has been endorsed as leader. Plus, Mike Munro gives up the fight and other media news.

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The Bible according to Penbo: Bob Brown is just like Pauline Hanson

David Penberthy, editor-in-chief of news.com.au, decided to take his website’s verballing of Bob Brown seriously and has now compared Brown with Pauline Hanson, writes Jeremy Sear.

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Will you pay for this?

So, it’s official, the News Ltd paywall will be here next year, in the same style as the Wall Street Journal. It’ll be an interesting experiment. I wonder what Rupert’s pitch for my money will be, ponders Jeremy Sears.

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Does journalism still need a separation of church and state?

News.com.au editor David Higgins believes the commercial-editorial division is a “luxury” the media can no longer afford. Oh dear.

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Freedom (or freebies) of the press takes another meaning

There was once a time when photographers were sent to cover major events, like today’s Sydney dust storms. These days, free pictures are harvested from the internet.

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P*nis in a park bench: News.com.au’s top journalism for 2008

News.com.au readers favoured stories about s-x, nudity, freaks, aliens, the iPhone and Stephanie Rice over politics in 2008, writes Ruth Brown.

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Weekly Wankley Award: Enough already!

It wasn’t hard to pick the winner this week, writes Jane Nethercote.

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