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How I met the PM and became part of the ‘strategy’

The Prime Minister invited editors of female-skewing websites to Christmas drinks at Kirribilli House. Women’s Agenda editor Angela Priestley was happy to be part of the communications strategy.

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Brave News World: whose voice will still be heard?

So many new voices, so little real journalism — a breeding ground for corruption and failed politics. Gideon Haigh asks who will prevail, in the final chapter of his investigative special for Crikey on the future of the media.

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Brave News World: instant gratification, but better informed?

The pace of news delivery increases as our attention spans decrease. But are we better informed? Gideon Haigh reports in the fifth chapter of his investigative special for Crikey on the future of the media.

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Brave News World: how social does the media now have to be?

Social media will enhance or destroy the journalism model, depending on who you believe. Gideon Haigh on Twitter, Facebook and measuring news in the third chapter of his investigative special for Crikey on the future of the media.

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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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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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New Kid on the Block: The Wall … or the walled wide web

One Australian new media start-up is using sophisticated software to trawl tweets, and from that constructs a media outlet more or less automatically, featuring the things we are all talking about. Meet The Wall.

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The campaign to rid anonymous comments from the internet

The Communications Council, which represents the advertising industry, would like the trade press to ban all anonymous comments. Mumbrella’s Tim Burrowes goes inside the debate.

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The Guardian | LINKS|

Why does James Murdoch hate public libraries?

James “Son of Rupert” Murdoch has hit out at the British Library and its evil information sharing ways. Roy Greenslade has a memo for him: libraries don’t care about your bottom line.

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Business Insider | LINKS|

How HuffPo took over the world

In just five years, The Huffington Post has become the largest independent news site in the world, and its traffic now eclipses that of the WashPo, WSJ and LA Times. Now there’s just one more title to top: the NYT. Henry Blodget gives it six months.

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New York Times | JOURNALISM|

The death of the headline

Forget witty puns and waggish turns of phrase — online news headlines are now written with only one thing in mind: search engine optimisation. David Carr mourns the death of the smart screamer.

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New York Times | LINKS|

What are words worth on the web?

A look at the complex economics of online media: “Opinions posted on blogs are cheap. Great journalism is expensive.” So should online media editors prize hits over high-quality content? And what are words on the internet actually worth?

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Columbia Journalism Review | LINKS|

Happy Birthday, HuffPo!

The Huffington Post, and CJR hip-hip-hoorays with a series of reflections on the online news empire. Our favourite comes from Greg Marx: “Why is it always shouting at me?”

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48 Hour Magazine | LINKS|

Can you create a magazine in 48 hours?

That’s the question the folks behind 48 Hour magazine are trying to answer. After they unveil the each issue’s theme, writers have 24 hours to produce and submit content, then the production team have 24 hours to stick it all together.

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Slate | JOURNALISM|

Find out how healthy your news diet really is

Do you really read from a wide range of news sources? Slate has created a wonderful little widget that looks at your recent news-browsing history and lays your true media biases bare.

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WTF CNN | LINKS|

CNN: WTF?

WTF CNN? is a delightfully simple site highlighting the tabloid headlines topping CNN’s homepage by comparing it to the far more news-focused Al-Jazeera front-page.

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Village Voice | ONLINE|

Gawker media explains how to make money online

Village Voice has the latest staff memo from Gawker Media chief Nick Denton, advising his underlings on how to write for the web. It’s fascinating reading from someone who actually has this whole internet thing figured out.

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Follow the Media | ONLINE|

What’s Murdoch got to lose?

Rupert Murdoch’s Times newspaper is hemorrhaging about £1.5 million a week — so while erecting an online paywall may seem risky, he has nothing to lose and everything to gain, says media consultant Philip M. Stone.

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Business Spectator | ONLINE|

Bartholomeusz: Murdoch isn’t building a wall — he’s building a fortress

News Corp has decided has decided on a very thick and crude pay-wall model for its UK paper The Times, says Stephen Bartholomeusz: no bundling, no micro-payments, no tiered access. It’s all or nothing with Rupe.

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App Advice | ONLINE|

The full list of approved iPad apps

App Advice has compiled a list of all the apps that will be available when the iPad App Store launches next weekend. So far, the only news app is Reuters Pro, which they have a sneak peak of here.

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Google Blog | ONLINE|

Google: How can newspapers survive? Ditch the “papers” bit

Google’s Chief Economist Hal Varian offers some advice to newspaper publishers: paywalls won’t cure your financial woes — going big online will. Forget costly printed news: news outlets must go 100% online to survive.

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New York Times | ONLINE|

The science behind the NYT “most emailed” list

University researchers have been studying the “most emailed” New York Times articles to see what kind of news people like to share — and why. The results are not what you might expect.

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New York Observer | ONLINE|

Paywall FAIL: Newsday has 35 subscribers

In ominous news for the NYT and News Corp, it has been revealed that newsday.com has only secured 35 subscribers since the paper put up a paywall. The account of how the figure came out is gold.

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Beecher: NYT to join the paywall brigade

The New York Times will introduce a charge for readers to use its website next year, heralding the most important development so far in the agonising who-will-pay-for-quality-journalism debate. The world of free journalism will never be the same.

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