Subject: Changes at The Age

Yesterday’s announcement:


From Monday, we introduce a new back page for the News book on weekdays.

It will be edited by Kylie Northover, who moves to the role after a successful stint as Deputy Editor of EG.

In other moves:

Lawrence Money continues to write for the page but will take on a broader role as a senior writer.

Suzanne Carbone writes a new column called Postcode 3000.

Dan Ziffer returns to the paper as contributing editor of a column focused on Melbourne’s social scene.

Myf Warhurst joins us as a weekly columnist.

And we set out to have a bit more fun as we explore the lighter side of life in Melbourne.

Please see Kylie if you have ideas and contributions for the page.

If you would like to be considered as the next Deputy Editor of EG, please submit applications to Sean O’Connor by Friday, October 9.

Paul Ramadge

Classy reportage. Actor Alex Dimitriades has rushed home to Australia from a foreign film set to be with his family following the death of his mother … The actor has spent recent days being comforted by siblings George and Melissa and an exotic and attentive girlfriend. Dimitriades has been cast as Mihali, a smooth talking, immaculately dressed Mykonos mogul in the Wogboys sequel. — Sydney Confidential, The Daily Telegraph

Getting drunk at the NY Times Gay Talese describes the tobacco-filled and liquor-drenched newsrooms of The New York Times in the sixties — where men passed out on typewriters and no one was quite sure just how the paper actually got out. — BigThink

Travelling back to Second Life. I was invited by Second Life to return to the virtual world that I stopped visiting back in 2007. My complaint, and why I never returned, is that the client, called the viewer in SL parlance, was too resource intensive, incompatible with my executive laptop (which favored lightweight and slimness over horsepower and graphics cards) and required too much bandwidth, preferably a LAN connection instead of Wi-Fi.

Well, after visiting a few times, I can report nothing has changed in terms of the resource-intensity, but this post is not going to be about the barriers to entry but rather what one finds once inside Second Life’s walled garden. — Adage

Oh, to be a Latin American journalist. Latin American journalists can apply for a course on drug trafficking and violence. Applications are open until October 7 for the course “Narcotrafficking and Violence in Latin American Cities: Challenges for a New Journalism,” which is organised by the New Iberoamerican Journalism Foundation, (FNPI) with support from the Open Society Institute. The course will take place in Mexico City from October 19–21. The 10 Latin American journalists selected to participate will have at least three years’ experience covering urban justice and safety issues and a special interest in investigating drug trafficking. — Knight Centre for Journalism in the Americas

No more coffee run. Virtual internships, while relatively rare, are becoming more common, career experts say, fuelled by improving technology and the growth of social media. They are most popular among small to mid-size companies and online businesses. More than a quarter of 150 internships posted on, a site that connects small businesses with part-time workers, are labeled virtual, where the work typically involves researching, sales, marketing and social-media development.Wall Street Journal

Divorce brought to you by Facebook. We have long known that social networking facilitates hooking up. But what about breaking up? Does processing — and broadcasting — our feelings from the real, private realm in a virtual, public realm like Facebook make ending a relationship, that most painful of human experiences, more or less difficult to endure? It depends. Do you like your arguments, your recriminations, your teary confessions, your rantings and ravings to remain intimate (if acrimonious) interactions between two people, or do you enjoy a communal narrative on which an online village weighs in? — Salon

Arrgh! Zombie computers! Twelve million computers have been hijacked by cyber-criminals and detected by security vendor McAfee since January, the firm has said. It reports there has been a 50% increase in the number of detected so-called “zombie” computers since 2008. The true number of newly hijacked PCs is likely to be higher than those detected by McAfee alone. The figures come as a report from Deloitte said a global approach to cyber-security was needed. “Doing nothing is not an option,” said Deloitte’s Greg Pellegrino. — BBC News