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Mel Campbell — Freelance journalist and critic

Mel Campbell

Freelance journalist and critic

Mel Campbell is a Melbourne-based journalist and critic.


Hugging with knives: the viciously cosy culture of reviewing

August 9, 2011 1 Comment

While not every hatchet job might attract a libel suit, it’s still lazy reviewing.

Vale Video Hits, the world’s 2nd longest running music vid show

July 6, 2011 10 Comments

No culling of subeditorial staff, no mass redundancies of newsroom personnel, has grieved Mel Campbell quite as much as the latest casualty of Lachlan Murdoch’s Channel Ten purges: Video Hits. Crikey looks back.

The cheek of it all: does Gillard get a bum rap from cartoonists?

The cheek of it all: does Gillard get a bum rap from cartoonists?

June 28, 2011 24 Comments

When you picture Julia Gillard in cartoon form, what comes to mind? Her pointy nose? Her flaming hair? Her receding chin and long neck? Or her bum?

The Brocial Network proves just why we need Slutwalk

May 18, 2011 43 Comments

A new Facebook group called the Brocial Network are posting photos of partially-dressed women without their consent. Just because women post scantily clad pictures of themselves on Facebook does not mean they consent to being sexually objectified or harassed.

Photoshopping the news … send in the clones

Photoshopping the news … send in the clones

May 12, 2011 3 Comments

The camera may never lie, but Photoshop can tell some outrageous porkies.

Housework’s got to be done, but must it make us ‘happy’?

April 28, 2011 4 Comments

Sometimes, the responsibility to be Australia’s fourth estate -- our public moral voice -- can be a little closer to home … or even in the home itself.

Did internet ‘quip culture’ kill the Oscars?

March 1, 2011 6 Comments

The mechanisms built into social networking sites funnel our responses in one direction or another, much as railway switches direct fast-moving trains. The Oscars tried to capture that -- so why didn't it work?

Loss of basic female skills or loss of basic journalistic skills?

January 31, 2011 7 Comments

It's the job of really good journalists to question the way PR-led stories are presented.

What does Australia Day mean for the ‘iPod generation’?

January 27, 2011 11 Comments

Most of my peers don’t buy into the pageantry of Australia Day. They might enjoy their day off, get drunk on Aussie beer and wine and eat lamb, pavlova and lamingtons, but they’re uncomfortable with conspicuous nationalism.

Smart summer reading: bogans not nationally lampooned

January 19, 2011 8 Comments

Published by Hachette Australia Things Bogans Like is an example of a relatively new phenomenon: the blog-to-book publishing project.