Glyn’s modelling debut Melbourne University Vice Chancellor Glyn Davis, under fire over his attempts to corporatise his institution’s operations through controversial mechanisms like “Responsible Division Management”, appears to have launched a modelling career spruiking the buttoned-up business section of The Age.

While Davis isn’t named, we can compare and contrast with the following profile pic that appears on the university’s website:

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The ad appeared on the same day last week that the university announced that over 300 staff had deluged it with applications for redundancy, and that it would approve 151 voluntary departures — 51 more than first thought.

Said one university dissident:

“What is Glyn’s doing? Is the VC is advocating staff check the stockmarket pages in The Age’s business section to see if they still have a job?”

The university also has a cosy agreement with The Age to insert a 10-page full colour propaganda sheet called Voice inside the paper at semi-regular intervals. Age subscribers with no connection to the university are said to have expressed befuddlement at “articles” with headlines like “Melbourne in Top 100 in latest university rankings — again”. “Staff writers” include university spin doctors and senior marketing personnel. One wonders how seriously readers can take the paper’s reporting on Davis’ reign amid the full-scale ad blizzard. — Andrew Crook

A readers’ pole. Bravo NT News. A vox pop on whether a person has pole danced and out of five people you ask … four men:

What about the journalism we already pay for? Don’t get me wrong, I think Scott’s efforts to align himself with the cutting edge of digital technology are commendable — a good public broadcaster should keep on top of new media developments and the ABC has mostly done so pretty well. But how is that going to contribute to the production of “quality journalism” that these very same punters like to fret about? Missing from this debate — and from the uncritical applauding of Scott’s foray into community-driven content — seems to be a collective recognition that Scott oversees a very large part of a dwindling resource: that is, money to be spent on good, original journalism. — Marni Cordell, New Matilda

How censorship works in China. The editor of China’s most influential financial muckraking journal, Hu Shuli, has resigned. For several months, Hu had been under pressure to tone down the aggressive, investigative tone of the magazine from Caijing‘s business partners, who in turn had come under pressure from government officials. More details will surely come out in the coming days, but already one thing the incident shed light on is how censorship works in China. — Foreign Policy

Journalism 101: pay your sources. A group of university students who claim their research exonerated a convicted murderer were in court themselves on Tuesday, accused of sloppy work and credibility problems. Prosecutors said they want to know if the students’ motivation to find exculpatory evidence was driven by a quest for better grades. In the instance of the witness who identified other men, prosecutors said he bought crack cocaine with change from $60 cab fare paid for by a student. Witnesses said students had “flirted” with them and provided them meals and small amounts of money, according to prosecutors. – Reuters

You say disaster, I say PR coup. Each year, the Public Relations Society of America gives a Silver Anvil Award, which “acknowledges the very highest level of achievement and is the established icon of the ‘best of the best’ public relations practices.” The latest Silver Anvil has just been given to the communications firm Edelman for its work for Imperial Sugar following the 2008 explosion at its Port Wentworth, Georgia facility, which killed 14 workers and severely injured another 32. – The Pump Handle

Google Christmas in November. Deck the halls with free wiFi! Google’s spreading holiday cheer this year is by equipping 47 airports across the U.S. with free wireless Internet, they announced today. As another way to pass on the spirit of the season, once they log on to networks in any of the participating airports, travelers will have the option make a donation to Engineers Without Borders, the One Economy Corporation or the Climate Savers Computing Initiative. Google will match the donations made across all the networks up to $250,000, and the airport network that generates the highest amount per passenger by January 1, 2010 will receive $15,000 to donate to the local nonprofit of their choice. – Huffington Post

The stereotype of the media-savvy millennial. There’s been a lot of discussion about my generation, known as Gen Y or the Millennials, over the past several years. As we enter the workforce, we seem to have a polarizing affect and the conversation is sometimes tense. I think it’s important for us to be aware of how we’re portrayed by the media so we can highlight our positive qualities on the job and disprove the negative stereotypes. Below are some of the buzzwords used to describe Millennials and my suggestions on how to handle them. – Advertising Age

Mobile Commerce. Within two years, the iPhone debut and rapid consumer adoption of applications has introduced a brand new way to sell goods and services. This past summer, Harris Interactive and Billing Revolution released a new study and found that now 45% were very comfortable with mobile transactions. Given more people are willing to conduct commerce over their mobile phone, the market is expected to take off. Juniper estimates mobile payments will grow to over $300 billion by 2013. – Forbes

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