Crisis of content

August 13, 2009

Despite the turbulence in the media industry, one old adage remains true: content is king. But the idea that advertising alone can fund that content clearly has to be re-assessed. There are other other ways, says Lars Bastholm -- and they may not be what you, or Rupert Murdoch, thinks.

Shouldn’t ‘thousands tortured and killed’ be a big news story?

August 13, 2009

It's got everything a cracking story needs: a blood thirsty dictator, a relevant local angle and interesting characters. So, why is the media ignoring the trial of Khmer Rouge torturer 'Comrade Duch'?

Freed journo Laura Ling shopping for a book deal

August 13, 2009

Just a week after being freed from five months' detention in North Korea, journalist Laura Ling is reportedly already shopping around a book proposal, alongside her equally famous sister Lisa Ling (of Oprah fame).

Tony Martin: will the media make you a junkie?

August 12, 2009

Was free web news content supposed to be a drug, getting us hooked and then we'd be desperate to pay to get our next hit of Kyle Sandilands? asks Tony Martin.

Dining in disguise: can food critics stay anonymous?

Dining in disguise: can food critics stay anonymous?

August 12, 2009

The Seattle Times' food critic Nancy Leson muses on the difficulties of dining on the down-low: can you get an authentic restaurant experience when the chef, owner and staff all know your face and byline?

Writers: the cheapest employees in town?

Writers: the cheapest employees in town?

August 10, 2009

Perhaps with all the debate on how journalism can survive, rather than wondering "should writers write for free?", we should ask "to what extent should we write for free?".

Dan Rather: Obama must save the media

August 10, 2009

Veteran newsman Dan Rather calls on US President Barack Obama to save the ailing news industry with a Presidential commission into what he calls "a crisis that, with no exaggeration, threatens our democratic republic at its core."

Don Argus and his journo mates club

August 7, 2009

Crikey founder Stephen Mayne cuts the heart of outgoing BHP-Billiton's chairman Don Argus' sycophantic relationship with Melbourne's business columnists.

“Wonderful koala” reporting

“Wonderful koala” reporting

August 7, 2009 12

This week's coveted Wankley Award goes to the "national mourning" for Sam the koala -- a furry symbol of hope, survival and the way the Aussie media never let the facts get in the way of a ripping feel good yarn.

Woolcott: “Blame the media for Balibo Five”

Woolcott: “Blame the media for Balibo Five”

August 7, 2009

Retired diplomat Richard Woolcott says the Australian media deserves more of the blame for the 1975 deaths of five journalists in Balibo, Timor, than the Australian government, stating the news outlets they were working for "bear a heavy responsibility that they've never had to shoulder."