How to offend your readership 101. Today’s Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette apologised to its readers after running a cartoon last week that offended the township of Cooya Beach — one of the Gazette’s readership hubs.

The offending cartoon — the regular feature by Mike Drinkwater called “Dr. Inky” — made disparaging comments of Cooya’s residents. We’ll let you decide if it’s funny …

Fairfax taken to task over court case delay

“A judge chided Fairfax Media yesterday for its delay in responding to a discrimination case brought by one of its former top executives as the company indicated it might seek to have the case thrown out.” — The Australian

Syrian journalist killed in Homs

“The Committee to Protect Journalists mourns the death of Syrian journalist Mazhar Tayyara, a stringer for Agence France-Presse and other international outlets, who was killed by government forces’ fire in the city of Homs early Saturday morning.” — The Committee to Protect Journalists

Washington Post will further reduce staff

The Washington Post announced a new round of buyouts on Wednesday, the latest in a series of staff reductions that have decreased the size of its newsroom by more than 200 people over the last three years.” — The New York Times

Ten appeals Molloy defamation verdict

“Ten is appealing a ruling in a defamation case involving comedian Mick Molloy and former ALP candidate Nicole Cornes.” — TV Tonight

BBC clamps down on Twitter use by journalists

“Journalists for the BBC have been told not to tweet breaking news before they’ve filed a story, as it would slow down the process of getting newsworthy stories into the BBC’s newsroom.” — All Twitter

Here’s what Facebook stock looks like

“In a few months time, here’s what the world will be fighting to get its hands on, or get rid of depending on your confidence in Facebook’s business plan. The image of a Facebook stock certificate was included in the amended S-1 Facebook filed today with the SEC.” — Tech Crunch

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