Emily Watkins — Media reporter

Emily Watkins

Media reporter

Emily covers all things "media" for Crikey and is based in Sydney. She has previously worked for the ABC's Media Watch and reported on courts, crocodiles and occasionally UFOs for the NT News.


Freebies and scents: how newspapers try to lure you in to buy a copy

May 4, 2018 8

Newspapers might have smaller circulations these days but their attempts to get people to subscribe are tried-and-tested.

Press Freedom medals awarded … digital platforms ‘damage journalism’ … apology for ‘devastating’ gun ad …

May 3, 2018 1

Journalist and former political prisoner Peter Greste has been awarded a press freedom medal by the Australian Press Council. And other media tidbits of the day.

How Australia (and the whole Asia Pacific region) rates for press freedom

May 3, 2018 4

Today the United Nations is marking World Press Freedom Day. So what does our report card actually look like?

The Oz v Oz … 2018 produces most complained about ads … Sunrise ditched by band …

May 2, 2018

The Oz has set its sights on a new target: former Junkee politics editor and "fake news merchant" Osman Faruqi. And other media tidbits of the day.

ABC breached impartiality standard for calling Abbott ‘destructive’

May 1, 2018 14

ACMA referred to the Macquarie dictionary for a definition of "destructive" in its finding.

ABC cuts journalist jobs to make way for new digital roles

May 1, 2018 10

The ABC has said that its new restructure, which will see 20 journalists and producers lose their jobs to make room for new digital strategy, will address several "flaws" in its publishing processes.

Deadly day for Afghan journos … Alan Jones in defamation case … BuzzFeed’s new politics show …

May 1, 2018

Alan Jones is in Brisbane to defend a defamation case brought against him relating to his coverage of the 2011 Queensland Floods. And other media stories of the day.

ABC restructure to cut 20 jobs … the Oz’s brave super discovery … Al Jazeera staff strike …

April 30, 2018 2

News Director Gavin Morris has stressed that the 20 jobs that will be cut at the ABC in a new restructure are not a cost-cutting measure. And other media tidbits of the day.

Fairfax’s mammoth apology for historian’s Anzac Day feature

April 30, 2018 10

Fairfax has had to fall on its bayonet over a falsified speech by John Monash at Villers-Brettoneux . The ABC is still "reviewing" its content.

‘Vaccination is used as political opportunism’: experts

April 27, 2018 20

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews fired off some tweets about the media playing into the "anti-vax playbook". We checked that with the experts.

Seven recruits Ten’s BBL boss … Studio 10 replacements … Charlie Rose’s comeback …

April 27, 2018

Seven has poached Ten's BBL boss as it makes the first of its moves to solidify the cricket market for itself.

Ita joins Studio 10 exodus … journalist’s killer jailed for life … Daily Tele’s flashback …

April 26, 2018

Ita Buttrose has announced she's leaving Studio 10, a show that's already suffered several desertions in the past year. And other media tidbits of the day.

More than 200,000 words published about Yassmin Abdel-Magied since last Anzac Day

April 26, 2018 6

Data analysis by writer Ketan Joshi has revealed the extent of the Australian media's obsession with Abdel-Magied.

Eddie’s erectile dysfunction ‘fake news’ … Mamamia deletes abortion article … Google’s strong result …

April 24, 2018 2

Eddie Maguire has come out swinging against a fake online ad which claims he has created drug for erectile dysfunction with TV personality Dr Phil. And other media tidbits of the day.

Paparazzo’s run-in with a shovel … Spinner’s unfair dismissal case settles … Journo shot during broadcast …

April 23, 2018 4

A controversial paparazzo who has previously been banned from flying with several carriers has allegedly had his car attacked by a family member of cricketer David Warner. And other media tidbits of the day.

Facebook downplays dominance as ACCC submissions are filed

April 23, 2018

Facebook is intent on denying it has a monopoly on the market. Is that going to fly with the competition regulator?

Ten wins in Rebel case … Aldi’s noice, different ad cleared … FT cuts ‘Sir’ from letters …

April 20, 2018

There's a good reason you haven't seen Rebel Wilson on networks other than Ten recently. Plus, other media tidbits from the day.

LGBTI community radio station embroiled in ugly member dispute

April 19, 2018

Joy 94.9, the LGBTI community radio station, is facing a member revolt after a call for signatures to spill the station's board. But executives are responding to accusations of bullying with their own.

Vale Darrell Eastlake … the revolving door … regulator investigates Russian TV …

April 19, 2018

Colleagues have remembered the life and work of sports commentator Darrell Eastlake who has died, aged 75. And other media tidbits of the day.

Inside the bizarre, tuna patty-filled launch of Mark Latham’s new cookbook

April 19, 2018 11

Alan Jones and Mark Latham launched their new book yesterday at an Indian restaurant to the confusion of diners, everyone else.