Out with old, in with new at Pagemasters.
Informed sources say the Pagemasters agreement with The Age is a continuing problem inside Media House. There are consistently more errors than allowed under the agreement between the two entities. And The Age has cut back on the number of “change pages” allowed once the presses have started running — each night the powers that be have to decide which mistakes they can live with and which should change. In May, Fairfax CEO Greg Hywood announced 82 subeditorial redundancies across his four major metropolitan mastheads, representing about 1500 years of experience in journalism.
The error rates may be the result of reports that Pagemasters’ Melbourne office is cutting back the shifts of some former Age people and replacing them with youngsters … as part of a cost-cutting exercise. — Andrew Crook
Front page of the day. There’s been plenty of criticism in the Russian elections last Sunday, and with protesters rallying it’s interesting times ahead …
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Leveson inquiry: NotW‘s Thurlbeck to give evidence
“Neville Thurlbeck, the former News of the World chief reporter, is to appear before the Leveson inquiry next week. Also lined up to give evidence is the News of the World reporter whose name appeared on the Kate McCann private diaries story.” — The Guardian
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Scottish Herald and Times titles introduce paywall
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Somali terrorists join Twitter #Propaganda
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Who cares if journalists break embargoes?
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