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Meet the startup trying to create the Spotify of news content

TV has Netflix. Music has Spotify. And now, news has inkl. Startup Smart journalist Kye White explores this ambitious new enterprise.

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Critics fail to see the funny side of SMH and Oz Gaza cartoons

A Palestinian advocacy group slams The Australian, as The Sydney Morning Herald apologises for publishing controversial cartoons.

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Six ways to fill a paper when your staff are on strike

Fairfax managed to fill its newspapers yesterday, even though its newsroom was on strike. How did senior editors manage? Crikey’s media reporter looks at the tricks of the trade …

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The news is still grim for Fairfax, as Rinehart flexes muscle

The Coalition has failed to deliver Fairfax better news, with no lift in advertising revenue reported at this morning’s grim AGM. And Gina Rinehart has flexed her shareholding muscle.

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Media briefs: Kim sues SMHGuardian gun walks …

Former News Corp Australia CEO Kim Williams plans to launch defamation proceedings today against Fairfax Media over an article claiming he stormed out of a Sydney Opera House Trust board meeting … and other media tidbits.

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Fairfax business merger: staff told about cuts

Journalists across Fairfax’s newspaper titles are learning the details of the merger of business reporting desks — and the job losses that will result.

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Fairfax slashes 45 more jobs, closes glossy mag inserts

Another 45 jobs will go from Fairfax, in a merger of business reporting teams and the closure of high-gloss magazine inserts. Crikey has the grim staff announcement.

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Richard Farmer’s campaign bites

Moving briskly on from the current election, which is all-but-decided anyway, the media are wondering what will happen when an Abbott government tries to repeal the carbon tax.

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Richard Farmer’s campaign bites

The Daily Telegraph’s joke front page references a TV series that finished its run more than 42 years ago. Plus other media bites from the campaign.

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As family ties break, will the rich save our newspapers?

The family is getting out of newspapers in the United States, leaving rich philanthropists to redefine what big-city newspapers are. So what will the media charitable causes in Australia do?

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Media briefs: News v Fairfax … robber Rudd … Joye-less disclosure …

The Daily Telegraph has laid into rival Sydney Morning Herald for refusing to run ads for the book Killing Fairfax. Unfortunately for the Tele, Fairfax is running the ads after all.

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Media briefs: new SMH ed … Coke: drink less Coke … Sun‘s Britain …

As predicted by Crikey, the new editor-in-chief at The Sydney Morning Herald will be Darren Goodsir.

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Clegg quits Fairfax to return to News Corp

Fairfax’s restructure of its business publications into one unit has hit a snag with the departure of business media boss Brett Clegg.

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Hartcher hits back at book, critics: I’m no Rudd man

In her new book Kerry-Anne Walsh accuses former Fairfax colleague Peter Hartcher of barracking for Kevin Rudd. Hartcher denies it. Does anyone have an agenda here, or is it business as usual?

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AFR ‘takeover’ of Fairfax metros? Anxiety over merger plans

Journalists are nervous at the prospect of The Australian Financial Review newsroom providing copy for Fairfax’s metro dailies. Increased business copy sharing might come at a cost.

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Media briefs: Gillard’s old knife … SMH in Ashes … psychic pains …

Everyone’s talking about Ashes debutante Ashton Agar’s brilliant knock overnight. The Daily Telegraph shoehorned the story onto the front page but it was buried in The Sydney Morning Herald.

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The great media airlift: sports bodies fly in journos for coverage

The V8 Supercar racing series flew journalists to America to cover an event. It’s not the first time they’ve done it, and other sports like the AFL are also putting journalists on planes to maximise coverage.

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Tips and rumours

Rebekah Brooks enjoys Sydney holiday … renaming the Sunday SMH? … Chris Bowen turns his hand to writing …

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Fairfax journo hits out: fear and favour in AFR takeover

Fairfax journalist Paddy Manning fears the incursion of The Australian Financial Review in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. He writes scathingly of his employer for Crikey.

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Media briefs: Bad News for Rupert … Nine duds Guide … the jewry’s out …

The Sun on Sunday’s circulation is tumbling — a bad sign for Rupert Murdoch’s new publishing arm. And other media tidbits.

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The verdict is in as Fairfax goes ‘compact’: SMH

Crikey has assembled a crack team of ex-editors and journalists cast their eyes over the new, compact Sydney Morning Herald.

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Media briefs: Fairfax’s compacts … Oz on climate … Rudd’s chin-ups …

Fairfax unveils its new “compact” front pages. And other media tidbits.

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Hywood goads Guardian as Fairfax results show revenues down

Fairfax’s financial results released today paint a mixed picture for the troubled company, with profits up but revenue down.

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Tips and rumours

The SMH knows no boundaries … empty chair at Opera Australia … Abbott’s terra nullius

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Foreign bureaux get the chop as News, Fairfax cut costs

Is there a future for newspapers’ foreign correspondents in the digital age? The signs don’t look good as Australia’s editors look to cut costs — and the US and Europe look like the next to go.

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