Aug 16, 2012

Media briefs: Smith v Murdoch … ciggie front pages … ad revenue data …

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Smith v Murdoch: an exercise in vanity. Dick Smith likes to remind everyone that he was “hopeless” at school. It’s a claim few would dispute. But the unspoken message behind his boast is that education — and, by inference, educated people — can’t really know much because he quickly went on to become a millionaire.


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8 thoughts on “Media briefs: Smith v Murdoch … ciggie front pages … ad revenue data …

  1. klewso

    Simple explanation? Limited News “plain packaging of Gillard/Labor victories”?
    If this was a Conservative/Howard/Abbott initiative what do reckon they’d do to publicise it? Devote a “full front page to their win for national health”? Too Right?

  2. wayne robinson

    Of course the High Court decision concerning plain packaging of cigarettes would have gone prominently on the front page of all the News Limited newspapers … if it had gone the other way against the federal government, providing yet another stick with which to beat the Labor Party.

  3. klewso

    “On track”? The same track they were on, tracking down that “rogue reporter”?
    And the cost of those sort of smoke-screen-signals would be getting cheaper – with less on the mail-out list?

  4. rodholesgrove

    The High Court plain packaging decision was a lead story on Germany’s international TV outlet ‘The Journal ‘ on 16 August .

    – how pathetic is News Corp, Australia?, just sub-standard journalism!


  5. [email protected]

    News Limited should starts at the basics and enforce it own Code of Conduct. Just the first rules under ACCURACY would suffice.

    1.1 Facts must be reported impartially, accurately and with integrity.

    1.2 Clear distinction must be made between fact, conjecture and comment.

    1.3 Try always to tell all sides of the story in any kind of dispute.

    1.4 Do not knowingly withhold or suppress essential facts.

    1.5 Journalists should be reluctant to rely on only one source. Be careful not to recycle an error from one reference source to another. Check and check again.

    1.6 Direct quotations should not be altered except to delete offensive language, protect against defamation, or to make minor changes for clarity.

    1.7 Reports of new drugs or medical treatments must be considered with great caution. It is easy to raise false hopes or alarm among readers. Cross-check all claims with responsible and neutral sources.

    1.8 Photographs may be enhanced to improve reproduction, but must not be altered in a way which could mislead readers. Care must be taken to ensure accuracy in captions. The editor must approve any alteration or manipulation of a digital photographic image, and the alteration must be explained in the caption before publication and archiving.

  6. Q___ten

    Usually I love it when Crikey does maths. It gives me hope that some Australian journalists have a grasp on statistics – they sure like to use them.

    But this one jumped out at me and I couldn’t help checking it. I don’t know how you came up with 12,912,760mm^2… it’s actually about a tenth of that and the statistic is 0.46%. Still pretty dreadful, but so much more damning when it’s not been overcooked.

  7. klewso

    Q-ten – I thought that at first too – then I realised it referred to space available “across all Limited News front pages”

    [These 11; and which possibly includes the “provincials”, with their back-yard gazing priorities?
    And if they’re not, imagine the proportion then? “146” papers with “70%” of the market cornered in their stable – like kittens, by the world’s biggest “King Rat”?]

  8. klewso

    That’s an awful lot of “+ve PR” political image clout (with emphasis on the “awful”) wrapped up in their limited views of current events – inclined their one way – and bad news for anyone with alternate views trying to get their message out (like “the Left”), against the cacophony and static of their conservative loud-hailer service.

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