The Phantom of the Oprah. on the demise of Dame Joan: no word on her celebrated stints at the Oprah House…


NT News watch: If the Northern Territory was an independent nation — and what a nation it would be — it would sit ninth on the Commonwealth Games medal tally. Just so you know…

13-10-2010 12-45-30 PM

Jacobson bags the Booker Prize

“The book world was, it has to be said, taken a little by surprise by the announcement on Tuesday night, London time, that Howard Jacobson has won the £50,000 (A$80,000) 2010 Man Booker Prize for his novel The Finkler Question (Bloomsbury). The Finkler Question beat a shortlist that included Parrot and Olivier in America by two-time Booker winner Peter Carey (Penguin) and the bookies’ favourite C by Tom McCarthy (Jonathan Cape).” — Fancy Goods

Journalists arrested in Iran after interview

“Two German journalists are reported to have been arrested in Iran while interviewing the son of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the woman whose sentencing to death by stoning attracted international attention.” — Media Spy

Tear down the wall

“The ad/edit wall that has existed in newspapers for the last three generations is a luxury that media institutions can no longer afford and also an insult to the journalists within them.” — Newspaper Death Watch

Traditional media worldwide losing to online

“A study by research firm TNS reveals a global shift away from traditional media, with 61% of online users using the Internet daily against 54% for television, 36% for radio and 32% for newspapers.” — Yahoo News

NYT officially runs out of ideas

“In a stunning announcement, the NYT has disclosed to its readers that it has officially run out of ideas. As of this morning at precisely 7:00 a.m., the NYT‘s ‘Idea Of The Day’ blog — launched in 2008 and maintained by its Week In Review staff — told its readers that it was being discontinued.” — The NYTpicker

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