AFP and media to broker deal. Relations between the Australian Federal Police and the media are set to become the main focus of a proposed protocol dealing with leaks of national security information. The protocol is expected to formalise the existing practice in which media outlets generally consult the AFP before publishing news reports that could affect national security operations. It is also likely to require the AFP to strike clear, detailed agreements with the media whenever reports on national security matters need to be delayed for operational reasons. It could also result in Attorney-General Robert McClelland being sidelined from future arrangements. — The Australian

Kyle and Jackie O dodge a bullet. Radio duo Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O will return to radio next week, their employer Austereo says, following the radio stunt that shocked listeners. The 2Day FM shock jocks have been off air since August 3 following outrage over a live on air stunt a few days earlier, iRADIO duo Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O will return to radio next week, their employer Austereo says. The 2Day FM shock jocks have been off air since August 3 following outrage over a live on air stunt a few days earlier in which a 14-year-old girl was strapped to a lie detector and quizzed about her sexual history. In a statement released this afternoon, Austereo chairman Peter Harvie and chief executive Michael Anderson said they were standing by the duo, who would be back on air on Tuesday. “Through an internal review, 2DAYFM has identified certain procedures that allowed this segment to go to air,” the statement said. “Following this review, 2DAYFM stands behind Kyle and Jackie O.” — Herald Sun

Headline Watch: Viscous or vicious? An article in The Age newspaper today describes the case of Mohamed Wahani, who was sentenced in the Supreme Court for pouring boiling oil on his sleeping flatmate. The headline reads: “Jail for viscous attack”. Which begs the question — error or clever pun? — Imogen Baratta.

Majority of tweets inane drivel? Research firms have been anxious to study how people are using the social platform of Twitter, and analyze trends in aggregate view. One such company, data analytics provider, Pear Analytics, set out to study the contents of our tweets to determine if, in fact, we’re all just sharing mindless babble, or if there was something more intellectual going on. Their findings aren’t all that favorable to those of us with lofty views of Twitter, because as it turns out, 40.55% of tweets are pointless babble. — Mashable

Young journos lack the skills. The literacy level of young recruits at newspapers and magazines is becoming a major concern, a training watchdog has warned. Skillset, which promotes skills, education and training in the UK’s creative media industries, said the impact of digital technology on the publishing industry had exposed “critical” skills gaps at a time when traditional skills such as good writing, editing and interviewing were “becoming even more important so that customers are prepared to pay for high quality content.” — The Guardian

PR professionals among the most ethical. In a blow to flackery and stereotyping, a study funded by Penn State’s Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication discovered that PR people are near the top in ethical thinking compared to other professionals. The Center’s Johnson Legacy Scholars Renita Coleman and Lee Wilkins used the O’Dwyer’s database of firms as a sample and something called the Defining Issues Test (DIT) to empirically measure the moral development of working PR pros. — Mediabistro

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