Technical trouble Tuesday for Tracy. A Current Affair presenter Tracy Grimshaw struggled a bit on Tuesday when both the live feed and pre-recorded packages on the program failed:


A Current Affair breached rules in parking ranger story. A Current Affair has been told off by Australia’s media watchdog after suggesting that a council parking ranger was hiding from motorists as he photographed cars in a no stopping zone. The Australian Communications and Media Authority has found that the report — shown in an episode of Nine’s ACA in January last year — breached the TV code of practice by failing to present material accurately. The council — which is anonymised in today’s ACMA finding — complained that the suggestion that the ranger was “hiding” in a nearby bus shelter from motorists was unfair. — Mumbrella

Judge upholds journalist’s right to withhold IRA details. A Belfast journalist today won the right to withhold material relating to the Real IRA from the state, in a landmark ruling on press freedom. A Northern Ireland judge ruled that Suzanne Breen’s life would be at risk if she handed over interview notes and other information connected to an interview she conducted with the Real IRA after it killed two British soldiers in March. Legal experts and the National Union of Journalists said Mr Tom Burgess’s decision at Belfast Laganside Court today to reject the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s application to force Breen to hand over her material was a victory for press freedom. — The Guardian

News of the day, NT style. Gangland murders, Iranian rebellion, Parliamentary politics be damned — the most important news in the Northern Territory is that tradies are perving on topless backpackers.

There’s no such thing as a virtual revolution. New media are playing a vital role in dissolving authoritarianism. But there are few overstatements quite as grand as the idea of a Twitter Revolution. The websites enable. But revolutions require courage, physical confrontation and risk. Twitter is Paul Revere on his horse. But don’t underestimate the very old fashioned flesh and blood requirements of real change. — Foreign Policy

The media can profit from Twitter’s big week. Media will no longer be the filter through which all news must pass. That genie is out of the bottle. The media needs to find its place in the new-media world. It will be needed. There were already concerns that the Iranian government was sending out disinformation on Twitter in Iran. Just as Twitter becomes an effective medium, it will surely be co-opted by evildoers and hucksters who can take advantage of its lack of filtering. There will be a need to curate the growing tsunami of information. — The Daily Beast

When the future is fraught with uncertainty it helps to be young and brave and not afraid to starve. Among the conclusions at last week’s Chicago Media Future Conference: professional journalism is an anomaly, nobody’s ever really paid for news, and if you see a helicopter, you can surmise for yourself that the president’s in town. The panelists were consecutively affirming: the need to reach the right readers rather than simply a lot of readers; a journalism that collects, culls, and organizes information for public consumption; and dispassionate, inquisitive, dare I say objective reporting. The young Turks reinventing the business won’t have to reinvent the wheel. — Chicago Reader

Boston Guild leader: union will “adapt and change”. Boston Newspaper Guild President Dan Totten says the union will “adapt and change” to keep The Boston Globe going. He also noted The New York Times Co. has made many “misjudgments and mistakes” about the guild’s resolve. The guild rejected a concession package 10 days ago that included an 8.4% salary cut, a week-long furlough and the elimination of lifetime job guarantees for some 400 employees. That sparked the newspaper to implement a 23% salary cut this week. — Editor and Publisher

Headline of the day. From the Sydney Morning Herald: Woman obsessed with rabbits arrested again