Eh tu, Brute? Last Thursday’s launch of the Australian version of the Tory-worshipping Spectator magazine was a delightful affair, despite cover star Peter Costello’s refusal to be pictured with a copy of the mag in question. (however the hesitancy didn’t extend to @overingtonc, who happily posed for happy snaps with Fairfax colour writer Annabel Crabb). But the bonhomie might have been breached when 20-something editor Oscar Humphries realised the glaring similarity between the front cover of his mag and that of David Salter’s The Week, released at nearly the same time. The mags both depicted Costello as Brutus and even used the same headline on the cover, as you can see below.


Salter told Crikey that The Week went to the printers a full day ahead of the The Spectator although Crikey was unable to confirm if words were exchanged at the launch, which Salter also attended. However, a cursory glance at the timeline suggests the Spectator cover must been finalised earlier in the week in readiness for last Thursday’s shindig. Spookily, the rival publications share the same Sydney printer. — Andrew Crook

Layout fail in the Sunraysia Daily. Adam Baird might have hoped that this picture could have appeared in the paper some other day:

Good thing The Australian doesn’t run elections. See this video on The Australian‘s website. Interestingly it has two votes and a three star rating despite not having been viewed yet (the story was filed today, so it wasn’t viewed ‘yesterday’): does that mean The Australian gives their videos a little pre-poll kick along?

Crikey reader Wayne Moran

High-tech high-jinx as website hijacked. The Liberal-National Party claims net prankster Wayne Smith is behind the and websites, discovered by constituents of the furious Queensland Police Minister earlier today. The sites link to a copy of the Liberal-National Party’s official homepage, featuring a large picture of a smiling Opposition leader Lawrence Springborg, an LNP logo and a call to “Donate now” to the party. — Brisbane Times

ACP axes staff. The advertising trade journal B&T is reporting that more than 30 sales and editorial staff have been cut from ACP’s women’s magazines, including Cleo , Cosmopolitan , Dolly and Shop Til’ You Drop . The Content Makers

Washington Post profit falls 77% as ad sales decline. Washington Post Co., publisher of the namesake newspaper and Newsweek magazine, said fourth-quarter profit fell 77 percent as advertising sales declined and it wrote down the value of some assets. — Bloomberg

Judge bans media from live blogging, using cameras during trial. A Cincinnati area judge this week banned live blogging and all cameras and recording devices from being used during the trial of Cheryl McCafferty, who is accused of killing her husband. The judge’s decision is an example of how difficult it can be for journalists to cover trials using online technology. — Poynter

212 and counting at the LA Times . The Plate-making Department Employees were the latest victims of the axe at the Los Angeles Times , with five from the Olympic Facility and two from the Orange County Facility getting pink slipped on Monday. — Los Angeles Times Pressmens 20 Year Club

Non-journalist bloggers up against mainstream rivals in Orwell prize’s new category. The first ever blogger category in the Orwell Prize 2009 sees a mix of 12 professional journalist and non-journalist bloggers in its longlist, which was announced today. Political bloggers, such as Iain Dale and Hopi Sen, will battle journalists, including blogs from Paul Mason and Andrew Sparrow, to get to the next stage. —

Colombian intelligence service wiretapped journalists. In its Saturday edition, the leading newsweekly Semana revealed that agents of the Administrative Department of Security (DAS), the national intelligence service, had spied on critical reporters, Supreme Court judges, opposition politicians, and officials in President Alvaro Uribe’s administration. — Committee to Protect Journalists

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