Adelaide Now or Adelaide Tomorrow?? Adelaide Now seems to have gone into the future — check out the date of this story…

Crikey reader Raoul Dunk

Underbelly star will be a blank face in Victoria… kind of. The Supreme Court has given the Nine Network permission to screen the first six episodes of Underbelly, with the name of a character changed, and the actor’s face pixellated. So viewers in Victoria will not know who the character is supposed to be – unless they read the Australian on 9 Sep, where the actor and real-life character are named and illustrated side by side. Does the Australian print a separate edition for each state? If not, then they have already revealed the identity of the character… — Crikey reader Fiona Mowat

On the road reporting again.. This time in a red hummer!


The headline we had to have:

Media Bias? Not if This Web Site Can Help It. In a development that could titillate political partisans of all stripes, a new Web application promising to spot bias in news stories has been launched, just as this ferociously contested election season shifts into high gear. — Business Week

NBC Universal, Google to Work Together on Ad Sales. NBC Universal and Google said they would form a strategic partnership that would give the search-advertising giant access to TV-ad inventory on various NBC cable channels, a move that could be seen as a major victory in Google’s quest to sell ad time in more targeted fashion and in a way that would have a TV network give up some of its control over the ad-sales process. — Advertising Age

Women held top al-Jazeera posts, says sexual discrimination case lawyer. An al-Jazeera English lawyer has today highlighted the appointment of women to other senior roles at the news broadcaster to counter claims made by a former executive at an employment tribunal that she was a victim of discrimination. — The Guardian

Google makes it so If a false story is reported and Google picks it up, does that make it true? Could be. Case in point yesterday the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reprinted a six year old story about United Airlines going bankrupt. The story, which had a dateline from this past week-end, quickly hit the top of the paper’s most viewed list and was subsequently picked up by Google’s search engine “crawler,” which highlighted it. And here’s where it all goes south. A financial newsletter grabbed the news off Google and included one line about it in a bried, which showed up on Bloomberg news. Shortly thereafter stocks plunged from $12 to $3. Oh the power of Google, and also correct time stamps!Fishbowl NY

Tongue Tied on Religion. Reporting on religion is a difficult task, even moreso when a political candidate is involved. Voters care about candidates’ religious affiliations. But if reporters are going to take up the task of explaining beliefs to their readers and viewers, they should do it with care. CNN’s Monday evening attempt to plumb Sarah Palin’s religious beliefs fell far short of that mandate. — Columbia Journalism Review

Google Expands Historical Search In Old Newspapers . Google has stepped up efforts to digitize dozens of historical newspapers and make scanned images of the original papers available online, the Internet search leader said Monday. In a blog post on the Silicon Valley-based company’s Web site, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) said it is looking to make old newspapers searchable online by partnering with newspaper publishers to digitize millions of pages of news archives. — Information Week