Christopher Warren

Journalist and media watcher


‘News’ is Twitter’s job now, especially in Australia

February 19, 2018 2

Twitter is becoming the channel of choice for political news, comment, opinion, not least because Facebook is vacating the field.

Billionaires to the rescue once again in the declining newspaper industry

February 12, 2018 2

The sale of The Los Angeles Times to health tech entrepreneur Patrick Soon-Shiong is a replay of the worn narrative of billionaires swooping in to prop up troubled mastheads -- for better or worse.

Where’s Wally … I mean, Rupert?

February 8, 2018

A News Corp shares move sideways and now downwards, the patriarch of News Corp is nowhere to be seen writes Christopher Warren.

How long before the traditional news cycle dies?

February 5, 2018 7

If this summer's news has taught us anything, it's that traditional media cycle is on life-support, and the end may be closer than you think.

Up close and personal: why political leaders will soon be back off bounds

January 22, 2018

Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury may have ruffled more than a few feathers in Washington, but how can access journalism survive when politicians have more followers than magazines have readers?

Facebook drops the ‘media’ from social media

January 15, 2018 1

The social media giant is putting an even tighter squeeze on news content, raising questions about how media companies already struggling for engagement are expected to survive.

‘African gang’ rhetoric goes beyond dog-whistling

January 8, 2018 30

Politicians are employing Trumpish methods to decry the spectre of "African gangs", and the media is all too eager to help out.

Liquidating Murdoch: a Disney story

December 18, 2017 1

The Murdoch empire has been tight-lipped on its true plans after the Disney deal, but it's clear that things are on a downward slope.

Why news outlets don’t have subscribers any more — they have members

December 11, 2017 4

From the outside, paying memberships can seem a lot like paying subscriptions. But those that will succeed will grasp the very real differences

Want to stop harassment? The whole structure needs to go.

December 4, 2017 1

The loudest calls for ending workplace harassment are coming from the media, itself one of the slowest industries in adopting structural change.