Barnaby Joyce is hardly the first person to profit from a paid interview in Australia.
Documenting the Barnaby affair costs less than making fictional TV drama, yet it's just as entertaining. So it's a no-brainer, really.
What you do when you don't own the photos to the mogul punch-up of the decade. And what you do when you do. Will News Corp's expensive scoop pay off?
Schapelle Corby could net the biggest payout in Australian TV tell-all history once she's released from her Bali prison. But the convicted drug smuggler also has good reason not to say anything.
Has the Nine Network opened its chequebook for the family of the now infamous "Bali boy"? The agent and the network aren't talking, but network rivals insist it's been done.
What protection is there for children when their parents succumb to the temptations of chequebook journalism? At present, the answer would seem to be very little.
Media gossip site Gawker is sick of the endless speculation and rumours about Apple's Jesus Reader, and is offering $100,000 for a chance to play with one for an hour.
Paying off people for information and interviews is traditionally looked down upon in the media -- but why shouldn't we reward people for sticking their necks out and providing a scoop? asks journalism professor Edward Wasserman.
Media gossip site and unapologetic fans of chequebook journalism Gawker beat the mainstream media to the weekend's big scoop with its exclusive "I Helped Richard Heene Plan a Balloon Hoax" -- but how much did they pay for the privilege?