Feb 5, 2013

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What does Michelle Grattan's departure from The Age mean for media diversity. And other media tidbits.

Michelle Grattan’s parting words. When political journalist Michelle Grattan announced she’d quit her post at The Age newspaper yesterday, she also outlined her hopes for political coverage in the future: a more diverse range of voices. In today’s media environment it initially seemed like a strange plea to make. We have 24-hour news channels, press conferences streamed live online, journalists fighting it out to be the first to tweet a significant announcement, and column inch after column inch devoted to analysing the previous day in politics. Don’t we get enough?

“At the moment, we’re getting too much concentration of voice, frankly,” Grattan said during her press conference yesterday. “It’s a bit of an irony that we’re getting this concentration especially in the mainstream media – when we’re also getting the fragmentation of the media with the internet. “These two things seem contradictory but they are actually happening at the same time. So I think diversity of political coverage, especially in an election year, is a really important thing.”

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