Wonderful news.com.au ad placement for Anna Bligh’s campaign.

Archiballs-up. I was exchanging emails with a friend about the Archibald. Ben Quilty won the Moran Prize (three times Archibald’s prize money, $50K v 150K)  — I thought he had entered the same picture as he did in the Archibald where he was shortlisted. But I had been misled by shockingly inept reporting/subbing.

These competing stories were up as I type this morning.

The Age online said of Quilty’s Moran win: “The painting, titled There But For The Grace Of God Go I No 2, chosen from a field of 30 finalists, was declared the winner at the Art Gallery of NSW on Tuesday.”

Wrong! Well, right painting title, but wrong place and wrong painting. See the screen grab below. The painting pictured is There But For Fhe Grace of God No 2. It’s the one that was entered in the Archibald.

The SMH online got it right. The announcement was made at the State Library of NSW, and this is how There But For The Grace Of God Go I, No 2 looks:

Confusingly, the hard copy of The Age got the painting right. — a Crikey reader

Journalism students “don’t read papers”. The journalists of the future are rapidly moving away from traditional news services, saying they are impractical compared to new media. A survey of Australian journalism students found 90 per cent of students do not like reading the newspaper, preferring to source news from commercial television or online media. Professor in Journalism and Media Studies at the Queensland University of Technology, Alan Knight, conducted the survey and says despite an aversion to newspapers, 95 per cent of students are very interested in following the news. — ABC

Internet most trusted media outlet in Australia. A study by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has found that the Internet is the most trusted media outlet in Australia. The study found that 25% of the population list the Internet as their must trusted source of information, followed by newspapers at 20%, TV at approx 17%, and radio at approx 13%. Among the small number of respondents who weren’t on the internet, radio came out as the most trusted outlet. — The Inquisitr

Katie Couric wins award for Sarah Palin interviews. CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric has won a Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism from the USC’s Annenberg School. Couric won a Special Achievement for National Impact on the 2008 Campaign award for her interviews with Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin. Judges called the interviews a “defining moment in the 2008 presidential campaign.” — Media Bistro

Facebook launches Arabic version. The world’s most successful social networking site has officially launched in Arabic, tapping into a potentially huge market in the Middle East and beyond, the company has announced. Facebook, based in Palo Alto, California, already has large numbers of users in the Arab world: in Egypt, where the site has 900,000 users, it has become a highly effective tool for political mobilisation, with mass demonstrations against the goverment organised through forums. The ability to use it in Arabic is likely to make it even more popular. — Guardian

Who would fund America’s largest nonprofit newspaper? San Francisco Chronicle journalists are trying to talk investors into buying the foundering daily newspaper and restructuring it as a nonprofit, writes the SF Appeal . Who are the ink-stained wretches courting? The editorial workers would invest some of their own money, a Guild representative told the Appeal. But they could hardly acquire the Chronicle on their own, even assuming a heavy markdown from Hearst’s 2000 price of $660 million. — Gawker

Valley exec Twitters through home break-in. A strange man broke into Revision3 COO David Prager’s home last night. Did David call the police? No, he updated Twitter and turned on a live video stream at Ustream. This is someone who needs to get out of Silicon Valley. — Silicon Valley Insider

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