Feb 11, 2014

Media briefs: big news day … Indonesia’s take … free fires …

What's the lead on a big news day? ... Bushfires and news website paywalls ... Schapelle Corby the "marijuana queen" ...

What’s the lead on a big news day? In Victoria the decision was easy: the closure of a significant employer and bushfires ravaging the state. But there was still the royal commission into unions and an extraordinary purge of directors at a major retailer. And of course a certain drug smuggler in Bali.

What a news day. And the priorities of news organisations make for an interesting study. The Age splashed with Toyota; the Herald Sun with the fires. The Sydney Morning Herald crammed Schapelle Corby, the royal commission and Toyota onto its front page (though left the Bali saga spill to page 6-7); The Daily Telegraph ignored the lot to try and catch a crook. The Australian had it all, but led above the fold with its own Newspoll result …

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