Neil Mitchell v Golden Tonsils. It seemed like old times at Melbourne radio station 3AW this morning.
Presenter Neil Mitchell bagged Alan Jones and John Laws in passing for their “grubby ways” as he reflected on radio standards and the most recent Kyle & Jackie O shock jockery. The Golden Tonsils took exception to the comments and got on the blower to Mitchell. All of it of course was aired. Lawyers were mentioned and Sydney/Melbourne rivalry invoked before Laws eventually hung up. Listen here.
Palin to become the next golden tonsils? Alaska’s now former Governor is coy about her future political plans, but radio is at least one option she’s leaving on the table. While not exactly shopping the GOP’s 2008 vice presidential candidate, sources say Palin representatives have been quietly testing the waters to see how much interest radio syndicators have for her. — Inside Radio
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Madonna writing her own front page stories. Israel’s biggest daily newspaper is boasting a new international correspondent — Madonna. The Material Girl’s byline is on the front page of Wednesday’s issue of Yediot Ahronot with an excerpt from her upcoming article headlined: “How My Life Changed.” The paper translated her words into Hebrew. Madonna’s full article is to be published Friday. — Editor and Publisher
Crappy advertising idea. Ogilvy Brazil gets down to the nitty-gritty of diaper advertising with Huggies print ads showing babies giving their most determined pooping faces. The copy reads, simply, “Anytime. Anywhere.”… The photos were apparently gathered from Flickr-using parents, whose offspring now will never forgive them. — Ad Freak
Journalists won’t be paid in future? Chris Anderson, editor in chief of Wired, objects to the use of the words ‘journalism’, ‘media’ or ‘news’ and wouldn’t be fazed if The San Francisco Chronicle disappeared tomorrow. But more interestingly, he expects journalism as a career may die:
“In the past, the media was a full-time job. But maybe the media is going to be a part-time job. Maybe media won’t be a job at all, but will instead be a hobby. There is no law that says that industries have to remain at any given size. Once there were blacksmiths and there were steelworkers, but things change. The question is not should journalists have jobs. The question is can people get the information they want, the way they want it? The marketplace will sort this out. If we continue to add value to the Internet we’ll find a way to make money. But not everything we do has to make money” — Chris Anderson interviewed at Salon
Journalism not a sustainable hobby. Meanwhile, Caroline Miller questions how viable Anderson’s comments are:
“And here’s a guy living off his salary as editor in chief of a magazine, not to speak of the advance on his book, saying we don’t really need to pay for this stuff. Amateurs can do it, no problem. Gotta wonder what kind of day job would leave time for a Dexter Filkins or a George Packer to report from Iraq. Or maybe Chris doesn’t care for them.” — Newser
S-x sells. Considering Chris Anderson’s comments regarding journalists working for free, it may not come as much surprise that journalists are branching out into other fields for some cash on the side. Like, working as a pimp.
“A veteran New Hampshire Union Leader sportswriter was arrested early yesterday for allegedly masterminding a prostitution ring using Craigslist and other Web sites.” — Union Leader
Kevin Provencher faces up to ten years’ jail if convicted. Having worked at the Union Leader for 25 years, he has won four New Hampshire Sportswriter of the Year awards from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. At least he is also clearly proficient with new media.
BBC hosts online career expo. Want to be a journalist at the BBC? Check out their online career expo: “The only way we can describe it after spending a good 30 minutes poking around is “Second Life, only crappier.” Honestly, if these are the hoops we’ll have to jump through to apply for jobs in the future, count us the hell out.” — Media Bistro