Net ads leave Fairfax in slums. The repercussions of Fairfax’s failure to continue dominating job advertising and grab a foothold of the net jobs area has been illustrated in an ANZ report released this week.  The release shows the share of job ads held by newspapers continues to fall, with October laying claim to the fifth fall in seven months in what is one of the strongest job markets Australia has ever seen. Publications such as The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Australian are now irrelevant in terms of the booming job market, but analyses of this slump into obscurity were nowhere to be found in newspapers this week.

The highlights show that Aussie job ads on the net and in newspapers have risen to their highest level in almost two years this October. As a combined effort, this was the sixth straight monthly increase, leaving ads up 34.6% since this time last year.  But while the report shows that job ads on the net increased by 0.6% last month, ads in major newspapers have fallen by 0.3%.

A further analysis of figures sees the number of monthly job ads on the met and in newspapers has risen from 133,622 in January this year to 179,040 in October — an extra 45,378 positions. Of that extra, the internet took 98.5%, leaving the papers with a measly 1.5%.

To put it another way, the number of monthly job ads in newspapers rose by just 645 from January to October, while the number of internet ads jumped by more than 44,700. Only 645 extra ads in nine months is alarming. — Glenn Dyer

Fairfax will negotiate on pay. Fairfax Community Network boss Colin Moss has reacted swiftly to Crikey‘s item yesterday revealing his disastrous recent foray back into the field as a photographer to fill in for striking staff, with the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance announcing hours after we hit inboxes that Moss had called them to mull over his below-inflation pay offer. The union will suspend its planned strike on Friday and Monday pending the outcome of the negotiations, but if Moss doesn’t come up with the goods hacks will return to the picket lines. Meanwhile, Moss’ underexposed pictures of young adult author Michael Grant at Xavier College are set to appear in next week’s Melbourne Weekly. — Andrew Crook

The Oz’s definition dissidence. The News Limited spin team has already recast the One.Tel boys in wake of the Ten Network’s rollover on board representation and composition. It took less than a day for their new title to appear with this morning’s report from The Australian taking Messrs Packer and Murdoch from raiders to “dissident” shareholders.

Are they the Che Guevaras of corporate Australia, hatching a plot for the Ten AGM, ready to lob uncomfortable questions at a board they will join as soon as the meeting is over? Hardly. Describing the One.Tel duo as “dissident” is just plain wrong. Dissidents are generally those who stand against a stronger power or object to a course of action. Perhaps they displayed dissidence briefly when Packer raided the Ten Network’s share register but since being invited to join the board, they’ve both become insiders.

It’s difficult to picture James Packer or Lachlan Murdoch objecting to anything on behalf of other minorities. Everything they’ve done in listed companies has discriminated against other shareholders and advanced their own interests. Maybe The Australian is confusing “dissident” and “questioning”. As shareholders, the duo has the right to question Ten’s strategy, however muddled their thinking might be. They share the same rights as people such as Crikey founder Stephen Mayne — not a dissident, but a questioner and sceptic of boards. — Glenn Dyer

Clarifying The Times’ paywall problems

“The ‘paywall problem’ isn’t particularly complex, either in economic or technological terms. General-interest papers struggle to make paywalls work because it’s hard to raise prices in a commodity market. That’s the problem. Everything else is a detail.” — Clay Shirky

Olberfanns rejoice, but he’s not sorry

“In an aggressive statement questioning the legitimacy of his two-day suspension from MSNBC, Keith Olbermann told his fans Monday night that they were responsible for his scheduled return to the air on Tuesday after revelations that he had contributed to the campaign funds of three Democrats in last week’s election.” — New York Times

Computer seat politics: using Reddit to make a stand

“Over its five quiet years of existence, Reddit has cultivated a passionate community built on foundations of respect, equality, and a sense of humor. Anyone can get their content on the homepage. Everybody gets an equal vote. According to Google, its audience is two-thirds male; a majority of users are between the ages of 25 and 44, most of whom attended college.” — The Daily Beast

Baby Wiki growing up and ready to make noise

“Jimmy Wales likes to describes himself as a ‘pathological optimist’, so it’s no surprise that he’s extremely enthusiastic about the longevity of wikis, the group publishing tool epitomised by the mighty Wikipedia, which he founded in 2001. His latest mission, though, is to bring some life back to Wikia, the wiki site also founded by Wales.” — The Guardian

Broadcast expansion causing rural inconvenience

“Weeks ahead of analogue television being switched off, the federal Government has announced it will give regional television companies $34 million to supply extra digital channels. But WIN Television says the extra channels has forced it to combine its two South Australian news bulletins.” — ABC News

Channel Nine fails its own IQ test

“Last night’s National IQ Test on Channel Nine flunked out on one of its questions when it asked viewers to select the meaning of the word ‘Obsequious’.” — TV Tonight

Washington Post not naming source names

“This weekend WaPo ripped off two media stories from other media outlets without crediting those sources.” — FishbowlDC

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