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2012 Crikeys: the best and worst journalism this year

From the sublime to the ridiculous, Crikey hands out awards for the best and worst journalism in a year which brought us various media reviews, the usual fare from The Australian … and a very high-profile prank call.

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Crikey quiz! Know your colorful racing identities, a tabloid teaser test

Think you know your news? We’ve put together 50 of our favourite tabloid titles for Crikey readers to work out. Take the test and see if you can put a name to the media moniker.

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Creation of a Murdoch man: Robert Thomson’s rise and rise

Rupert Murdoch last week announced Australian Robert Thomson would be CEO of News Corporation’s new publishing division. Crikey spoke to those who’ve witnessed his career up close.

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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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The walking unread: newspaper circulation continues long decline

The latest circulation figures — complicated by digital subscriptions — contain more bad news for newspapers, particularly in the Fairfax stable. But which paper bucked the trend?

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Tips and rumours

So, what about the 2016 presidential race? … no papers for Griffith … alcohol and a charity auction don’t mix …

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The era of the readers’ editor … over before it started

You won’t see The Sydney Morning Herald second-guessing itself on its op-ed page any more. The paper has ditched its readers’ editor position after a little over a year.

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Brave News World: is the era of the editor over?

Now we can compile our own news feeds, does the world need editors? Their power is diminishing, writes Gideon Haigh in the fourth chapter of his investigative special for Crikey on the future of the media.

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The trouble with deadlines: Gillard was well and speaking

Overnight Julia Gillard came down with a nasty stomach bug. But according to the nation’s newspapers she was on her feet delivering a speech to the Asia Society and the Economic Club in New York.

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Fresh data shows carnage across newspaper and mag sales

Fresh data shows plummeting sales among newspapers and magazines — although there are a few standouts which are holding their ground.

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If I ran Fairfax … I’d fling ‘underperformers and fairy-floss makers’

We’ve asked an assortment of veteran Fairfax watchers what they would do if they were running the company. We’ve roped in stockbrokers, media analysts, former editors, the journalists’ union and readers.

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Time for a circuit breaker at Fairfax

Caught between the threat of a new owner and the demands of a skittish sharemarket, Fairfax needs to reconstitute itself to survive, writes Peter Browne of Inside Story.

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Ex-Fairfax editors on cuts: bold, brave, danger for democracy

Risky, long overdue and a threat to democracy: that’s the verdict of former Fairfax editors on the dramatic overhaul of Fairfax’s metropolitan newspapers announced this morning.

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Here’s $1m for your newspaper … do you want it? Aussie editors respond

Editors of some of Australia’s biggest newspapers are divided over whether they would accept philanthropic donations, after the LA Times accepted a “no strings” US$1 million grant. Scott Barnes reports.

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Warren Buffett plays the Gina card in media play

Warren Buffett’s investment vehicle will spend $142 million to buy 63 daily and weekly newspapers from a company called Media General Inc. It has all the hallmarks of Gina Rinehart’s media play.

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The regulation revolution of the Convergence
Review

A single, revolutionary concept forms the basis of many of the recommendations of the Convergence Review.

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Newspaper site paywalls: dribbles of gold, not rivers

The grand experiment on erecting paywalls for news content online took another step yesterday, with News Limited releasing figures — sort of — for how many people have signed up for digital subscriptions to The Australian.

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Essential: trust in commercial media continues to fall

Trust in Australia’s commercial media continues to slump despite the industry’s insistence all is well.

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Canberra Times facing down a tabloid future?

Canberra Times management are knuckling down to develop a strategy to preserve the storied broadsheet in its current form as circulation and profit plummets.

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Is there any benefit in partisan media?

The re-emergence of partisan media outlets in Australia raises the question of what sort of impact they have on democracy, and whether it’s all bad.

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Why keeps newspaper readers subscribing? Mostly just habit…

Over a third of regular newspaper subscribers in the US only do it out of habit. And over two thirds subscribe for the coupons that come with the paper.

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Measuring the gap in trust in Australia’s media

There has been a marked collapse in trust in Australian media outlets, increasing the distance between the ABC and the rest.

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Essential: trust in media slumps following phone hacking

Trust in commercial media outlets has slumped in the wake of the phonehacking scandal, Essential has found.

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Winning

Remember the library?

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Dumbing it down

Maybe silence is best, mulled Crikey’s Richard Farmer on The Stump over the weekend, as the Prime Minister, along with the rest of the nation, awoke to this set of headlines…

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