Jun 14, 2012

Readers’ ed watch .. EPL’s £5b deal … ABC misunderstood …

In today's Media Briefs: readers' editor watch ... The EPL's £5 billion TV deal ... Front Page of the Day ... The Department of Corrections ... ABC's critics misunderstand the ABC says ABC boss and more ...

Readers’ editor watch. In August 2010 Herald Sun editor-in-chief Phil Gardner announced his paper would appoint a readers’ ombudsman — someone to critique the paper’s coverage and act as a liaison with the public. Last August he said it was “definitely still happening”. Yesterday he told Crikey his plans haven’t changed. But the fact remains: two years on, there is still no sign of a readers’ ombudsman at the high-selling tabloid. It’s the same story at broadsheet rival The Age, where staff were promised a readers’ editor in May 2011. It seems that — in these times of job cuts, declining circulation and falling advertising revenue — readers’ editors are a luxury the papers can’t afford.

The comforting news for Melbourne newspaper nuts is they don’t seem to be missing out on much. Media Watch host Jonathan Holmes spoke for many Sydney Morning Herald devotees earlier this year when he accused SMH readers’ editor Judy Prisk of lacking the mongrel to criticise her own paper. As for The West Australian, it appointed a readers’ editor in April following its much-criticised decision to leave the Australian Press Council. The West‘s Jenni Garrigan handles complaints but, unlike most readers’ editors, doesn’t write a regular column analysing her paper’s reportage. — Matthew Knott

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  1. Ian Neering

    With regard to your Department of Corrections note on the obituary of doyen physiologist Andrew Huxley, the squid may be common but it’s the axon that remains giant. It’s one of those happy circumstances for physiologists that squid are possessed of a disproprtionately large axon or main nerve trunk.

    Why is it so large? Probably so that it can supply the very large muscle that operates the squids aquatic jet propulsion system.

    Why was that so useful to Huxley? In their seminal experiments on electrical activity in nerves, Hodgkin and Huxley wanted to change the internal ionic composition of the nerve. They could do this in the squid giant axon simply by rolling it up like a tube of toothpaste to express its contents and then refill it by injecting solutions down the lumen, something that was virtually impossible in any other neuron.

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