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The frantic and exhausting life of a parliamentary media adviser

Former Greens staffer Colin Jacobs offers a glimpse into the life of a parliamentary media adviser — one of the most influential denizens in the corridors of power.

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Tips and rumours

After him, he’s got a press pass! … A wink to where it came from … Adam Boland’s return to TV — delayed … A break in the MH370 case? …

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Tips and rumours

The Abbott family’s BMW association … researchers told: don’t mention climate change … Gillard speaks on girls’ education …

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Inside the Canberra feedback loop: Abbott and the gallery examined

Christopher Pyne pissed off the press gallery — and they’re exacting their revenge. Former adviser and journo Marcus Priest examines the old Canberra games played under Tony Abbott.

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Press gallery playing to Abbott’s tune: who’s on the drip and who’s shut out?

The press gallery is scrambling to realign their contacts book and make friends with the right people in Tony Abbott’s government. So who’ll be in favour and who might be shut out?

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Media, misogyny and the Gillard years

The media coverage of Julia Gillard doesn’t explain her downfall. But it played a part, and not for good reasons.

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Thank you, Joanne McCarthy

Crikey readers talk crusading journalism, why you can easily live on $250,000 in Sydney, and the use of carrots and sticks in governance.

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Stench of failure in Canberra, and it’s not just Labor

Labor and the opposition are both failing voters. But our newspapers have failed the public as well, and addressing that is much harder. Crikey reflects on a fortnight which has reflected poorly on almost everyone.

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Politically homeless: where will the press gallery hacks go?

The Canberra press gallery is struggling to find space for media start-ups and smaller online players. Where will all the hacks go — and who will have to downsize?

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Leadership long haul: can journos last three weeks? You bet

There’s no escaping the leadership focus of the print media: it’s one of the few remaining ways it can engage consumer interest. There was a flood of it in Fairfax papers today.

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Crikey Calling #9: Rudd’s back (again) and politicians v the media

On this week’s episode, deputy editor Cathy Alexander and Bernard Keane discuss the most recent return of the unshakeable Kevin Rudd. Plus, Crikey launches a call for journalists to boycott the highly stage-managed road trips by political leaders in the federal election campaign.

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Mythbusting on Abbott and the media, but who asked the questions?

Tony Abbott receives as much media scrutiny as the Prime Minister — it’s where he gets it from that is different. A Crikey investigation reveals some interesting findings.

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‘Chaos’, or how to see the world like a political journalist

After years of complaining about politicians failing to treat voters like adults, Julia Gillard has done just that — and incurred the wrath of the press gallery at the same time.

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Parliament House media rules: satire in, Photoshop out

New Parliament House media guidelines have been released. It’s a win for satirists (the Chaser guys are happy), but not for Photoshop fans in newspaper newsrooms.

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PM vs press gallery: anatomy of a tense encounter

The Prime Minister’s performance at a press conference on the AWU issue yesterday was strong, but her critics have already shifted the goalposts. Crikey had a fly on the wall as Gillard took on the media.

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Is the social media fury at the press gallery misplaced?

Criticism of the Canberra press gallery for its reaction to Julia Gillard’s misogyny speech may be misplaced. But it’s worth examining in the broader context.

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Gillard uses her luck to confront smear campaign

It was a strong performance from the Prime Minister yesterday, going toe-to-toe with the press gallery for what seemed an eternity. But she was able to skilfully exploit two pieces of good fortune.

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Watching the Gillard Units fly by

If the press gallery is to be believed, Julia Gillard faces a never-ending series of “crucial” moments, write Bernard Keane and Ben Westcott.

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Mitchell v Scott … ABC podcast hits … press gallery poll …

In today’s Media Briefs: Fidler on the roof of ABC radio podcasts … Mitchell: Mark Scott tried to get me to Fairfax … Press Gallery committee elected … Front Page of the Day and more ..

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Hacks attack in battle for press gallery supremacy

The female future of the Canberra press gallery committee was hanging by a chad this morning as a bitter man-heavy battle for four general committee positions shifted into overdrive.

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Bagging the gallery isn’t the whole story re: leadership ‘beat-up’

Incessant criticism of the Press Gallery’s focus on the leadership has substance but lacks complexity.

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The Failed Estate | FEDERAL|

It’s Groundhog Dog in Oz politics

Just as Punxsutawney Phil’s shadow is seen as a sign of how long winter will last, Labor ministers — and especially the media — religiously analyse Julia Gillard’s shadow to try and determine the length of her tenure, writes Mr Denmore.

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Labor needs to shut up, but it can’t stop talking

Labor’s lack of resilience is directly feeding the traditional press gallery obsession with personality politics.

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Exclusivity, glass jaws and media business models

Media whingeing about exclusivity contradicts its incessant clamour for greater transparency from governments.

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The Holy Grail, 3am: welcome to the federal budget ‘Big Day Out’

The federal budget is “The Big Day Out” for the political and financial media in Australia, writes Mr Denmore, a veteran journalist and blogger at The Failed Estate.

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