Menu
Scroll to top
Topic: chequebook journalism
Australia’s most memorable cases of chequebook journalism

Australia’s most memorable cases of chequebook journalism

Barnaby Joyce is hardly the first person to profit from a paid interview in Australia.

Is Barnaby Joyce worth $150,000 to Sunday Night?

Is Barnaby Joyce worth $150,000 to Sunday Night?

Documenting the Barnaby affair costs less than making fictional TV drama, yet it's just as entertaining. So it's a no-brainer, really.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

Budgie smugglers as far as the eye can see ... reporters pay for footage ... big gas paying to take attention from activists ...

A lot of moolah for a mogul melee … will it pay off for News Corp?

A lot of moolah for a mogul melee … will it pay off for News Corp?

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’s $3m payday — or will she be smart and shut up?

Schapelle Corby’s $3m payday — or will she be smart and shut up?

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.

‘Bali boy’ in grubby TV rights deal: are Nine’s cameras ready to roll?

‘Bali boy’ in grubby TV rights deal: are Nine’s cameras ready to roll?

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.

Bullying: protecting kids is all cheques and no balances

Bullying: protecting kids is all cheques and no balances

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.

<em>Gawker</em>: We’ll pay $100k for an Apple Tablet

Gawker: We’ll pay $100k for an Apple Tablet

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.

In defence of chequebook journalism

In defence of chequebook journalism

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.

How much did <em>Gawker</em> pay for its Balloon Boy exclusive?

How much did Gawker pay for its Balloon Boy exclusive?

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?