May 8, 2014

Media briefs: schoolgirl media … ABC spin … Fox results …

Another Australian flack is off to the ABC's spin bureau. Plus why did the Aussie media wake up to the story of the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls? And more media tidbits of the day.

Another ex-Oz media writer to ABC. Mere months after former Australian media editor Nick Leys turned up at the ABC, his former colleague Sally Jackson has done the same. Jackson, who took a redundancy from the Oz in April, starts at the ABC on Monday, where she'll be media manager for the news and current affairs division, reporting to Aunty news boss Kate Torney. "I'm thrilled to have Kate Torney as a boss -- I am a big fan," Jackson told Crikey yesterday. Based in Sydney, she'll manage internal and external comms for the division. Her appointment is surprising given the ongoing animosity between the Oz's media section and the ABC. Nonetheless, Leys has made the plunge before, so it can clearly be done. Jackson was a media writer at the Oz for 12 years before her redundancy. Her father, Keith Jackson, headed ABC corporate affairs in the 1980s. -- Myriam Robin Aussie media wakes up to schoolgirls. On Tuesday Crikey brought you a story on how the Australian media and government had largely ignored the abduction of 250 schoolgirls in Nigeria. In the two weeks since the students were taken on April 16, there had been just 60 mentions of it in the Australian media (we compared that to the 2446 mentions of the plane MH370 in the two weeks after it went missing). As of Tuesday morning, the Australian government had apparently done little to help the Nigerian schoolgirls. Here's an update. Since the Crikey story was published, the Australian media has picked up the story with gusto. There have been 183 media mentions of it on May 7 and 8 (i.e. between Wednesday morning and 9am today). The ABC has continued to lead the coverage in Australia (it was on 7.30 last night), and the local version of The Guardian has gone hard. led with the story for part of yesterday and today ...

The Daily Telegraph has the story today, on page 24. The Herald Sun ran it yesterday on page 25. The Australian ran an editorial today calling for action to save the girls.

So what made the Australian media sit up and take notice, almost three weeks after the girls were kidnapped? A catalyst was the release of a terrifying video from the militant Islamist leader involved in the abduction, which adds to what we know about the story and provides images for the media. The kidnappers have perpetrated further crimes in the last few days. The US government ramped up its rhetoric and actions to help the girls, and high-profile figures have raised the issue, including actress Angelina Jolie (cue tabloid coverage) and these tweeters:

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3 thoughts on “Media briefs: schoolgirl media … ABC spin … Fox results …

  1. Robert Smith

    Peter Costello undermines his position when he chooses not to remember the lengths he went to in denying the super surcharge was a tax and therefore not a broken promise, and to insist the GST was a state tax and not a federal tax. Sound familiar?

  2. David Penington

    There have been numerous massacres of 100+ people in Nigeria that have not rated a single mention in Australian media (including Crikey). It seems that whole families being murdered don’t count – it needs to be school girls. Very prejudiced.

  3. Kevin Herbert

    The Boko Harum rebels are likely to be financed by the CIA via the Saudi Arabian sponsored Wahabi radical Islam movement.

    Just another destabilisation of an authoritarian African country which has substantial oil reserves that the NATO thugs want to get their hands on.

    When the token black US President’s wife is pictured supporting the ‘rescue’, a ruse becomes more likely…shades of her presenting an Academy Award to the unlikely winner of a movie denigrating Iran.

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