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Oz party-watch. The Australian
is very excited about its upcoming 50th birthday. Yes, under the watchful eye of Rupert Murdoch, the first edition rolled off the presses back on July 15, 1964. The man himself, who has been holidaying with his family in Greece
, flies into Sydney this weekend to prepare for a black-tie birthday dinner. It's next Tuesday at Sydney's Hordern Pavilion (a function centre near Fox Studios). Tony Abbott, who once wrote for the Oz,
will don the black tie to reminisce with Rupert. Editors and section editors will also attend. And there are rumours of other celebrities invited ... we're hearing the guest list runs to hundreds.
Chalking up 50 years as a newspaper is not a bad effort -- but then, Rupert is in New York at the moment celebrating the 125th birthday
of The Wall Street Journal.
Why, that's so old that not even Rupert could have founded it!
While regular Australian
journos aren't allowed into the black-tie shin-dig, they're all being flown to Sydney for the staff party on July 26 at the Paddington Town Hall. Rupert will have left by then -- but then one often has more fun without the boss at the staff party, right? Oz
insiders who would like to contribute to Tips' party-watch can email us here
For the record, Crikey
recently turned 14, and the occasion was celebrated by a fresh packet of Scotch Fingers in the office biscuit tin.
Fairfax welcomes "the internet"
told you recently of an edict Fairfax management sent to its entertainment reporters
, ordering them to have at least 1000 Twitter followers within a year. Given how trashy Twitter can be, we'd have thought any entertainment reporter with less than 1000 followers is a rarity, but anyhow. Now Fairfax insiders tells us that management at The Age
only "discovered" Twitter after the New York Times
digital strategy was leaked to Buzzfeed
in May this year (read the report here
). We hear the NYTimes
document was dissected at Fairfax, and various meetings were held, and the Twitter edict is the result. Some Fairfax scribes are drily noting they have been tweeting for many years. And behind management's back, some are saying anyone who fails to meet quotas can just buy some followers (easy to do).
Time to tweet Jesus!
Speaking of Twitter, are you missing a key handle in your feed? This cracking billboard for the Seventh Day Adventists in Washington thinks you are (and thanks to @saladinahmed for passing it on):
The irony of using Twitter to riff off the billboard (which is genuine
) is delicious. The Crikey
bunker is addicted to Twitter but, er, how do we reach Jesus? @jesus has 600,000 followers while @god has 140,000. The best bet for communion with them up above may be @TheTweetOfGod, with 1.4 million followers. This is one of God's contributions from this morning. Touche ...