Dec 7, 2012

Media briefs: PR as news … News Ltd cuts … Murdoch and Chifley …

News Limited continues to hack away at its staffing levels, with subediting duties at nine regional newspapers to be outsourced to AAP subsidiary Pagemasters. Plus, other media news.

NIT runs undisclosed spin. A bollocking from Media Watch earlier this year doesn’t seem to have cured all the ills at The National Indigenous Times, a modestly-staffed weekly paper devoted to coverage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues. The paper tells readers this week that a story on changes to the Northern Territory income management regime was “supplied by Kate Thwaites”.

It doesn’t tell readers, however, that Thwaites is a media adviser to Indigenous Affairs minister Jenny Macklin and that the article is a media release issued from Macklin’s office. Crikey suspects many of the NIT‘s readers would be keen to know this — especially as the spin doctor’s piece ran directly below an op-ed by Macklin. The NIT has softened its line on the intervention after the departure of previous editor (and regular Crikey contributor) Chris Graham. The NIT‘s current editor Stephen Hagan was travelling this morning and unavailable for comment. — Matthew Knott

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  1. Pete from Sydney

    Crikey salivating at News Limited staff losing their jobs – makes me sick

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