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MEDIA: The system turns journalists into thieves and liars ...

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Standpoint. Guardian etc
27.04.15 3:45 am

If you want to see the future of online news and entertainment, look at the Mail and see a future neither the Mail nor its enemies want.

• Taxing times for Channel Nine as News Corp bites back  Media reports about Rupert Murdoch’s tax arrangements for News Corp Australia have not pleased the company. Last week Nine’s A Current Affair ran an eight-minute story off the back of Michael West’s Fairfax media report about the amount of tax the company pays.

Byline: Why does the newspaper that has consistently backed the winning prime minister for the last 36 years sound so panicked?

The Independent: If Rupert Murdoch can’t swing it for the Tories, he will lose his grip over Britain Only now are the fruits of Ed Miliband’s laceration of News International four years ago fully ripening

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Public-interest journalism is under threat ...

Carolyn Dunbar, Media, Entertainment, Arts Alliance (MEAA)
22.04.15 4:45 am

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Welcome Speech at the Tasmanian Media Awards Tonight is all about celebrating the very best in journalism in Tasmania over the past year. Journalism that keeps our communities informed and entertained. Journalism that is in the public interest. But right now, public interest journalism is under threat. The government’s three tranches of national security laws aim to control information. In the process, the laws seek to criminalise journalism by persecuting and prosecuting whistleblowers who seek to expose illegality, fraud, corruption and threats to public health and safety.

EARLIER ... on Tasmanian Times ...

Media Awards: Tassie Times gets a gong!x

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Media Awards: Tassie Times gets a gong!x

Anna Magnus, National Manager, State Media Awards; Pic*: Mark Horstman.
20.04.15 3:45 am

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On Friday night the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance, announced the Tasmanian Media Awards. The ABC’s Edith Bevin was named Tasmanian Journalist of the Year . Tasmanian Times contributor Bob Burton was the winner in the “Comment and Analysis” category and one of three finalists in the Science, Environment and Health category.

• don knowler, in Comments: … was very depressed last week when the outgoing editor of the guardian in britain said on abc lateline the demise of the printed edition during the life of the incoming editor was inevitable. but on bob burton’s showing, what follows won’t be so bad ...

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A fragment of Balmain history

Rob Walls*, photojournalist
07.04.15 3:30 am

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The recent discovery of this photograph inspired me to recall a certain event in the history of the inner-city suburb of Balmain. I’m still uncertain whether I should be proud or ashamed to have participated in this example of Sydney seventies binge drinking, but I’m not making excuses, when I say that occasion was culturally richer than it might at first glance, appear.

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Tumult at the Daily Telegraph

Financial Times
06.04.15 3:00 am

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Tony Gallagher descended to his office — defeated. The workaholic editor of the Daily Telegraph, widely praised for his role in scoops that exposed MPs’ expense claims, had just been fired. “I’m being sacked because I’m good,” he told his lieutenants. Then he pocketed a last Telegraph memento, a piece of the Black Hawk helicopter damaged in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s house in Pakistan, and walked out of the newsroom for the last time, while staff banged their fists on their desks in a Fleet Street ritual.

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Stop flip-flopping Abbott and help all women

Urban Wronski* http://urbanwronski.com/ Pub: Mar 30. Pic: Tony Abbott's wink ...
30.03.15 3:15 am

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The Week that was ... In another fabulous action-packed week of fantastical spinning, bewildering back-flipping, delusion, parliamentary hullabaloo and other manifestations of ‘good,’ ‘adults-in-charge,’ open for business, government, its multi-million dollar turd-polishing media unit was in overdrive. Abbott’s avid fascination with Goebbels lingered on like a fart in a sleeping bag, a noxious emanation impossible to disown or disavow.

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Hockey v Fairfax: another strong headwind buffeting responsible journalism

Richard Ackland, The Guardian. Pic: of Joe Hockey
19.03.15 5:45 am

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There was Joe Hockey, confidently strutting his intergenerational stuff on Monday night’s Q&A.

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Gunns: The Wall of Silence. Sawmiller cash referred to Integrity Commission

Peter Whish-Wilson, Senator for Tasmania Pub: Mar 18
19.03.15 5:00 am

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… It has been met by a predictable wall of silence from the Tasmanian establishment, the mainstream media in Tasmania and the two old political parties. That is a shame, considering those not willing to learn from the mistakes of the past are bound to repeat them. In fact, this seems to be the book’s overarching message—that history in Tasmania keeps repeating, and no-one learns or is the wiser for this. Professor Beresford also warns that in many ways the rise and fall of Gunns Ltd is a modern warning about governments and political parties generally developing overly close relationships with big business. Yet much of modern politics is built around such a model of government, both in Australia and overseas. …

Beresford himself admits that ‘the alternative to genuine reform is a grim prospect’, with new rounds of what he labels as ‘politically inspired environmental conflict’ already taking Tasmania back to the ‘cronyism’ and the mistakes of the past. This is reflected in the current proposed logging of controversial coupes, such as Lapoinya— Mr President, in your North-west of Tasmania—or the secret, divisive and controversial drive to attack wilderness and World Heritage values under the smokescreen of new tourism development. …

Watch Peter Whish-Wilson’s Speech on YouTube here

• John Powell, in Comments: Speechless. What a book and what a story of the failure of successive governments and their bureaucratic minions and institutions. I will let others comment on that as I do not have the history. However the example that the good Senator referenced, viz Lapoinya, I am familiar with. All in Government connected with this failure of process, consultation, environmental, endangered species, and indigenous history surveys,economic evaluation etc etc fit the bill of those referenced in the Beresford book. If the Shareholder Ministers, and the relevant CEO, and Board members, were true to their respective Corporate Directors code of ethics they should resign immediately. And a mission to China that contemplates promoting Forestry in Tasmania is a nail in the coffin of the FSC accreditation being undertaken by SCS Global. Time for a “Captains Call” Premier Hodgman and declare that Coupe FD053A is hereby annexed to the adjoining Flowerdale Reserve as was recommended in the 1997 Regional Forest Agreement. This post will be copied to SCS Global overnight.

• John Biggs, in Comments: Beresford is right:  a Royal Commission should be called immediately, but as I understand it that has to be done by the government, and I can see no government Labor or Liberal would have the honesty or the guts to do that.  However he also says the people power might work as it is in CSG mining but that requires massive publicity and a lot of work. Perhaps GetUp could take this on board? And keep plugging away at your Federal colleagues Peter. Meantime, if as Barns says the book is biased, then let Paul Lennon, Paul Harriss, Will Hodgman, Evan Rolley or Brian Green or anyone else who thinks that Beresford has got it wrong, come forward and tell us where, with chapter and verse.

Kim Booth: Harriss Blows More Public Cash on Madcap Sawmill Scheme The Hodgman regime’s latest splash with public cash to prop up the native forest sawmilling industry is stupid and irresponsible, Greens Leader and Forestry spokesperson Kim Booth MP said today. “This is as close as you can get to a corrupt government process,” Mr Booth said. “On the one hand public money was paid to sawmillers to leave the industry because they were going broke and now the same people are receiving additional public money to stay in the industry.” “Sawmillers took payouts because they were financially unviable businesses in the first place.” “Now in an act of total stupidity, Minister Harriss is offering people two options, without there being any requirement to prove that a viable business plan is in place.” “The first option is for a sawmiller to pay back 10 per cent or less of a payout, keep the mill but be restricted to 100 cubic metres per year.” “That is a joke, its less volume necessary to run a viable portable mill, let alone a sawmill.” “The second option ...

Paul Harriss: Keeping sawmillers in Tasmania

Examiner: Sawmillers’ new cash deal

Kim Booth: Sawmill Subsidies Referred to Integrity Commission “I have referred this matter to the Integrity Commission because they are the only body capable of investigating independently this disgraceful affair,” Mr Booth said. “The Hodgman regime has taken money from hospitals and schools and handed it over to selected private sawmill businesses without any justification, and apparently without any performance requirements or conditions.” “To prop up a select few failing businesses with public money, is a dangerous precedent and a gross abuse of trust and power.” “The abusive response from Minister Harriss in parliament today leaves me in no doubt that the government is hiding something and that the Integrity commission should examine the matter.” … “Most Tasmanians expect better than this and regard this sort of behaviour as corrupt and a return to the bad old days when timber barons walked the corridors of power and parliament was their plaything.” “It is deeply disturbing that it looks like Mr Harriss and Mr Hodgman are dragging Tasmania back to those dark and corrupt days of the past where cronyism ran rife,”

Paul Harriss: Greens shameful attack on Tasmanian jobs

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Four Cases ...

Evan Whitton, @EvanWhitton1 http://netk.net.au/whittonhome.asp
16.03.15 2:00 am

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A little bit mad; only a little bit guilty.  This is Evan Whitton’s revised version of a piece on diminished responsibility which appeared in Justinian on February 7, 2005

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Regional newsrooms sliced in half in Fairfax scythe. Tassie next ...

Myriam Robin, Crikey
13.03.15 4:30 am

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Staff at three of Fairfax’s largest Victorian regional papers are bracing for cuts that will slice their newsrooms in half, as the company seeks 62 editorial redundancies in Victoria, which will also affect another 10 publications. And Tasmania - The Examiner and The Advocate - appears to be next in line for the scalpel ...

YEARS AGO ... on Tasmanian Times ...

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High Court rejects attempt to make media watchdog toothless

Denis Muller, Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Advancing Journalism at University of Melbourne.
09.03.15 3:40 am

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Media accountability in Australia has taken an important step forward with a cut-through High Court decision on the powers of the broadcasting regulator, the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

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Julian Burnside: Independent media for reality’s sake

Julian Burnside
09.03.15 3:35 am

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Human rights advocate and barrister Julian Burnside AO QC talks about his disenchantment with newspapers and the vital need for more than just two voices in Australian media.

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Why I have resigned from the Telegraph . ABC Print figures. Death, Drugs and HSBC ...

Peter Oborne, (ex-Telegraph) OurKingdom. Lindsay Tuffin. First Pub: Feb 23
03.03.15 5:26 am

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Ed: This is an extraordinarily important article. It is about the inexorable decline of Print in the Digital Age ... and the thrashing-about lengths to which Print goes to accommodate boosterism in all its forms, whether the Cargo-Cult bleatings of The Pulp-Mill Examiner to the rampant boosterism of all things Development, ‘Open for Business’ or Tourism (Mercury) ... The coverage of HSBC in Britain’s Daily Telegraph is a fraud on its readers. If major newspapers allow corporations to influence their content for fear of losing advertising revenue, democracy itself is in peril.

Columbia Journalism Review: Anybody there? Why the UK’s phone-hacking scandal met media silence

• Download Print’s latest ABC circulation figures, including for Mercury, but not Examiner or Advocate ...

• don knowler, in Comments: yes, the telegraph was “a significant part of Britain’s civic architecture” as were the other great newspapers like the guardian, representing their own political views in editorials but keeping the news straight. there was a wonderful balance across fleet street. all gone now, of course, and i lament the demise of Britain’s “dead tree media”, if not empire.

Death, Drugs and HSBC Nafeez Ahmed: How fraudulent blood money makes the world go round

Crikey:ACMA armed to the teeth: prepare for a media-regulation brawl

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Is media objectivity an outdated model?

Tim Dunlop, ABC Drum
02.03.15 3:20 am

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When reporting on political matters like Tony Abbott’s national security speech, what’s the value of the “straight” news report anymore? In the new-media world perhaps subjective reporting can offer more, writes Tim Dunlop.

Columbia Journalism Review: To keep or ditch the comments? While some sites maintain a discussion on the page, others outsource it to social media

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HuffPo meets Fairfax and you won't believe what happens next

Terry Flew, Queensland University of Technology.
13.02.15 4:00 am

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“This week’s announcement that Fairfax had acquired a 49% partnership stake in Huffington Post Australia means yet another new entrant into the Australian online media landscape ... But developing a stake in Huffington Post Australia may have benefits for readers of Fairfax’s more established mastheads. Online sites such as theage.com.au and smh.com.au have been criticised for their mix of the forms of quality journalism long associated with their brand identities and material that is more obviously “clickbait”. [Editor’s note: In Tasmania Fairfax owns The Advocate and The Examiner.]

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Mercury price hike to slow profit fall

Bob Burton. Pic* Pub: Feb 9
10.02.15 3:45 am

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In a bid to slow the rapid fall in profitability of The Mercury, News Corporation Australia has increased the cover price by 10 cents from today. However, even with the price increase The Mercury’s finances are likely to be under extreme pressure.

Guardian: Local newspaper staff face massive job losses Fairfax Media’s regional publishing business, Australian Community Media, is rolling out its NewsNow plan which involves stripping regional papers like the Illawarra Mercury, the Warrnambool Standard and the Newcastle Herald of subeditors and photographers and centralising production. Reporters have to take their own pictures and sub their own copy. The Weekly Beast has seen a timeline for the NewsNow roll-out which will be completed across the country ( Examiner? Advocate? ) by December 2015. The new system involves a template-based, “write to the space” editorial model in which reporters sub, caption and headline their own stories. One source called it a “systematic gutting of regional newsrooms” which would take hundreds of jobs.

SMH: Rupert Murdoch’s grip on News Corp slipping

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V. J. Carroll and the essence of journalism

Evan Whitton, @EvanWhitton1 http://netk.net.au/whittonhome.asp . Pics: of V.J. Carroll
09.02.15 12:45 am

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The oldest rule of journalism – and the most forgotten – is to tell the customers what is really going on. - - Stanley Cecil (Sol) Chandler.

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Freed Greste won’t be silent on jailed colleagues

The Age. Pic*
05.02.15 8:19 am

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Larnaca, Cyprus: Peter Greste looks out across the steel grey Mediterranean Sea, beyond the all-but-deserted beach and beams.

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Rupert’s Queensland Election Hissy Fit

Bob Burton. Pub: Feb 1
02.02.15 5:30 am

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Soon after it became apparent that Queensland voters had dumped Campbell Newman’s LNP government Rupert Murdoch took to Twitter. ‘Shock turnover in Q’land outing okay govt.. Blank cheque to nobodies. Can’t ignore this a huge message to Feds. People have spoken!’ Indeed they have. But he doesn’t seem to appreciate that the election outcome is also testimony to the waning influence of the Courier Mail, which is owned by Murdoch’s News Corporation Australia.

• Julie R, in Comments: Demand Retraction (from The Australian) of Sexist Obituary for Colleen McCullough!

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Tasmania. Little island, little interest

Richard Butler. Images*
02.02.15 5:00 am

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I am writing this sad little note to express some almost ambivalence and a predictable disappointment in the Hobart-based mainstream media and the University School of Art.

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Footfalls echo in the memory ... 



ABC: Fresh commitment to regional Australians 



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It is fascinating and hopeful that politicians and mainstream media alike are becoming wary of the power of the social media.…

Funding and Disclosure

Tasmanian Arts Guide

TV Tonight

Daily Kudelka


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The Automatic Earth

Twitter Feed - #politas

Dr Kevin Bonham

The New Daily

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Truth in Media

The Intercept

Blogger Me


Daily Mail Australia

ABC News Fact Check


Bluestone Magazine


No Fibs

ABC Vote Compass

Learn Discover Access

TROVE at National Library

The Guardian - Australian Edition

The Global Mail

The Conversation

Eureka Street

3 Quarks Daily

The Idiot Tax



Tasmanian Food Guide

Tasmanian Bands

Independent Australia

ABC Radio National

David Horton

Failed Estate


Feeding the Chooks

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

The Racket

Paige Loves Books

Don Knowler

Tim Squires


Gazette of Law & Journalism

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