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Christopher Warren

Journalist and media watcher


The Daily Tele’s grumpy old man shtick is kind of working

November 20, 2017 7 Comments

The Daily Telegraph's "analogue meme" Al Bundy reaction to the postal survey speaks as much about News Corp's ailing health as it does about the company's stance on marriage equality.

Media hounds bay for blood over section 44, to their (and our) detriment

November 6, 2017 33 Comments

The hysteria over section 44 among journalists and politicians is the farce of the revival of nativism that has shaped so much of media and political discourse.

Ethics and The Australian

October 31, 2017

When it comes to the culture war, the paper can seem guided more by Chuck Jones' nine unbreakable rules of engagement for the Looney Tunes characters Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner than by journalistic principles.

Anonymity is at the heart of Australian journalism

October 30, 2017 22 Comments

Christopher Warren on the importance of respecting the confidentiality of journalistic sources.

Where’s this media company merger frenzy we were told would happen?

October 23, 2017

With media reform dreams now a reality, the stage should be set for a merger frenzy. So where is it?

Social media policies just another weapon in the war on journos

Social media policies just another weapon in the war on journos

October 16, 2017 2 Comments

A company's social media policy may seem like window-dressing, but under the surface it's just another tool for controlling employees.

Will enough people ever pay for journalism?

October 2, 2017 4 Comments

There's good news for the optimists, and good (bad?) news for the pessimists too.

Xenophon’s spare change helps (a) Crikey, (b), Nick Xenophon, (c) basically no one else

September 18, 2017 2 Comments

Nick Xenophon's media reform deal helps small, Australian publishers. We can count the number of businesses that will benefit on one hand.

How much is a newspaper worth?

September 11, 2017 3 Comments

Sometimes it's better to keep a newspaper going than to close it, not because of the money you are making but because of the costs you're avoiding.

News Corp’s failure to buy Channel Ten is a good thing in every way

September 4, 2017 8 Comments

If News Corp had effectively ended up controlling Ten, it would have been run as a low-cost network, recycling programming from within the News Corp network.