Beware the Perth mooner  Crikey reader Steven McKiernan copped an eyeful as he was watching Perth Channel Seven News on Monday evening. Tuning in to a live cross from in front of the Claremont Hotel, Steven looked to the bottom right hand corner of his TV screen only to be greeted with a cheeky hello from a Perth resident in the background:


No feed for The Age night shift Fresh from closing The Age Shop one month out from the launch of The Age’s best selling Good Food Guide (Monday August 25), comes the news that The Age’s staff canteen is to close its doors daily at 5pm. Journalists, other night shift staff and anyone else having to work back late are about to be punished by this latest cost cutting move from Age managing director, Don Churchill, who seems unaware of the fact that the Age’s primary business is the publication of a morning newspaper, an act that traditionally requires a certain amount of late night activity. Caterer Eurest has been given a month’s notice to vacate. Eurest is to be replaced by a small café operation based opposite the Age carpark in Little Lonsdale Street called Silvestros. Age employees are expecting a reduced and more expensive range of food and drinks. After 5pm it’s now a case of bring your own dinner, knife, fork, spoon and plate. Or as Churchill might put it, eat cake. – Jonathan Green

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American people don’t know much One overlooked revelation in the latest Pew Research Centre report. The 3,615 American people interviewed for the survey were asked: “Who is the current prime minister of Great Britain?” Results: 58% had no idea; 28% named Gordon Brown; 5% thought it was John Howard (former Australian PM); 4% named Robert Gates (US defence secretary); and 5% came up with the right answer, Rupert Murdoch.  — The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press

iTunes blocked in China Access to Apple’s online iTunes Store has been blocked in China after it emerged that Olympic athletes have been downloading and possibly listening to a pro-Tibetan music album in a subtle act of protest against China’s rule over the province. The album, called Songs for Tibet, was produced by an a group called The Art of Peace Foundation, and features 20 tracks from well-known singers and songwriters including Sting, Moby, Suzanne Vega and Alanis Morissette. — The SMH

Ad men are sad The ad business, with the exception of emerging markets in Asia and Latin America, has hit upon rough times, based on a recent poll of top agency executives. Of the more than 80 agency CEOs from around the world who participated in the survey, 60% said economic conditions in their markets had worsened, compared with a year ago. North American agency CEOs had a slightly dimmer outlook, with 65% saying their regional economy has taken a turn for the worse since last year. — Adage

Ingredients for a successful news site Okay, Ready? My Coordinates for a Successful News Site √ High quality aggregation within a strong editorial focus. (Like the Huffington Post nationally, or Twin Cities Daily Planet locally.) √ Blogging platform with the best posts filtered to the front page. (Like Daily Kos, still the best at this. See diary rescue.) √ Original reporting with hybrid strength, including amateurs with pro support (training, production values, copy editing, editorial oversight), pros with amateur support (like Regina Lynn; see also my Idea Lab post on beat reporting with a social network), and pros doing what pros have always done. √ Features with narrow comprehensiveness: everything about something. (Lisa Williams: “That is, a site with some Denver restaurants is OK; but a site with ALL Denver restaurants is better.”) √ Forums that allow a previously atomized group—people sharing interests and problems—to connect and converse with each other. (Like this one for Buffalo Bills fans.) — Jay Rosen, Pressthink

Spinners and Losers Who’s up and who’s down in this year’s battle of the talking heads? This article is from the September issue of Radar Magazine. For a risk-free issue, click here. For TV’s political pundits, a presidential election can make or break a career. So who’s stock is rising in the lead-up to this year’s elections? Below, Radar’s list of the winners and losers in the battle of 2008’s pro pontificators. — Radar Online

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