From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …

Bolt junior gets journo cadetship. Caleb Bond, the 17-year-old opinion writer for the News Corp tabloids who is the editorial love-child of Miranda Devine and Andrew Bolt, has been given a job as a journalism cadet, causing ructions in the newsrooms where he is supposed to be working. Telum Media reports that Bond has started as a cadet for the Eastern Courier Messenger, which covers the eastern suburbs of Adelaide. The pubescent columnist has been writing opinion pieces for The Daily Telegraph and The Adelaide Advertiser and also regularly appears on 6PR radio in Perth, where he is known for his conservative views. Crikey hears that Bond’s appointment has not gone down well at News Corp’s offices in Adelaide, with a staff meeting getting “kind of heated” over the decision to hire the columnist ahead of university graduates, former interns and casual employees. We hear the decision came from as high up as SA, WA, NT and Tasmania editorial director Melvin Mansell.

Newspapers used to take on cadets straight out of high school, but in recent times media organisations have been reluctant to hire even cadets with university degrees, and some with the title “cadet” have actually been working casually in the industry for years.