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Media briefs: Zoo gongs … papers carnage … Bishop and Rinehart …

One thing you can say about American newspapers: they are committed to transparency, so much so that they are not backward in charting the slide towards destruction for their industry. Plus other media news of the day.

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More bad news for papers in Germany, Nth America

More journalism jobs are set to go as major papers in Germany, the United States and Canada take drastic cost-cutting measures.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: Different Stokes for different folks

The Alan Jones saga … The decline of newspaper readership … Nasty hamsters …

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Brave News World: media is dead — long live media

Once-great institutions are under threat; what might supplant them is unclear; reputations afford no protection. So what will media look like in 20 years? Gideon Haigh presents the first in a multi-part Crikey investigation.

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Online, print ad revenues continue to plummet in the US

The latest figures on US newspaper ad revenues show another decline in print ads and sluggish growth in online revenues in the three months to June.

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The free-fall of Fairfax: only our news appetite will save it

What are the possible futures for Fairfax Media, following the latest lurch in what the company points out is the biggest restructure in its history?

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The flight from Fairfax: who’s leaving the building?

Fairfax is accepting voluntary redundancies until August 24, but it’s already clear an enormous amount of talent — and experience — is leaving the company. Crikey is compiling a list of editorial staff who have announced or confirmed their departure …

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Fairfax body swap? Being forced to stay is the big concern

A “body swap” of journalists from Fairfax’s metro papers to The Australian Financial Review is on the cards if the company does not meet its target of 150 voluntary editorial redundancies.

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Come in Spinner: will retrenched journos take PR jobs?

The US military, for instance, is the largest employer of PR people in the world and in Melbourne the number of PR people outweighs the number of journalists.

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Why paywalls might re-write the rules of journalism

Traditionally news articles have been modelled with an inverse pyramid structure but the emergence of paywalls may put an end to that, writes Tim Burrowes.

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Phuket, there are jobs out there — and you can change the world

To those journalists about to lose jobs in Australia, I’d say this: find yourself a place in the developing world where news breaks and start your own online site, writes Alan Morison.

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Instead of drowning, journos should start building boats

The Global Mail isn’t a great example of a successful journalist-run venture, but the idea behind it has merit in the sense that journos, like musicians, need to figure out ways to become entrepreneurial, writes Mr Denmore.

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Day to day life at Fairfax: an insider’s account

The latest fortnight has been a miserable one for Fairfax. The atmosphere in the office is toxic, with many employees full of suspicion and loathing, writes one anonymous journalist.

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Fairfax journos push for editorial independence

A coterie of Fairfax journalists including David Marr, Kate McClymont, Peter Hartcher and Nick McKenzie bandy together (“I’m a journalist … I’m a journalist”) to espouse the importance of a charter of editorial independence. Support An Independent Fairfax from Media Alliance on Vimeo.

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How do we defend editorial integrity in the post-industrial age?

The situation of Fairfax Media, with three editors standing down in one day, make this a good time to think carefully about what journalists mean by editorial independence.

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What porn and journalism have in common

The early days of the internet were great for the adult industry, but free porn providers soon led to a collapse in revenue. It’s hard to get people to pay — and journalism outlets face the same problem, writes Jordan Weissmann.

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Kohler: how many journalists is enough?

As governments from both sides of politics work with Alcoa to save jobs, journalists are left to fend for themselves.

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A death in the mediasphere an opportunity not a threat

For anyone from the Left, the week’s events are a genuine setback, and another instalment in the mythologisation of Australian media, and public life in general.

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The blogger, sans pyjamas, bites back at Bernard

Regarding the sunny optimists, who see a future of bloggers and citizen journalists creating a benevolent web, a few come to mind, writes Martin McKenzie-Murray, a blogger and former political speech writer.

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Cut the paper, cut the rates? Fairfax’s new equation

Fairfax Media will be forced to substantially renegotiate its hard-copy ad rates, leading industry executives say, after the ailing giant revealed the page size of its major metro mastheads would shrink by 30%.

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Cut our ranks, but we’ll say what we like: Fairfax on Fairfax

Fairfax newspapers have keenly embraced reportage on the gutting of their own company to demonstrate the fierce editorial independence

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Ranald Macdonald: what will be left after the Gina Bomb explodes?

The profession of journalism is under the microscope at present with, sadly, too few defenders, writes Ranald Macdonald, a former editor-in-chief of The Age.

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Washington Post — from the glory days to the danger zone

This Al Jazeera video traces the Washington Post from its Watergate glory days to its grim current predicament, and explores future challenges the journalism industry will face.

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TT takes high ground … Packer claims Story … US paper woes …

In today’s Media Briefs: Packer’s $800k media war over? … No money in online ads for US papers … Compare and contrast of the day … Front Page of the Day … Fairfax’s new social media site for women … and more …

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With $5b of intangibles, will new Fairfax director wield the axe?

With its share price sliding to record lows, Fairfax Media is now in the invidious position of having the most wildly optimistic balance sheet of any ASX200 company.

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