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Fenced In

January 24, 2016 - 20:31 -- Admin

“Our job is not to step in, our job is just to reflect, it’s just to report on what happens.” That’s a quote from the ABC’s head of current affairs, Bruce Belsham, in the transcript published by New Matilda of … Continue reading →

The Business of Anger

December 11, 2015 - 16:14 -- Admin

A perennial tension in journalism arises from balancing the professional requirement to accurately inform the public and the commercial one to actively engage them. The destruction of media business models, where classified advertising subsidised across a Chinese wall the quality … Continue reading →

Insided Out

May 6, 2015 - 22:16 -- Admin

It’s now four years since the US journalism academic Jay Rosen decried at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival about the “cult of savvy” in political journalism and the treatment of politics as a game for insiders. What’s changed since? Not much, … Continue reading →

Graffiti Crimes

February 1, 2015 - 21:18 -- Admin

“Graffiti crimes shall be written upon your walls.Well I shall spray them so bold and so tall.Just you wait ’til you read this one.” – Misex, 1979 What distinguishes “electronic graffiti”, as a besieged prime minister characterised social media, from … Continue reading →

Body of the Host

December 16, 2014 - 11:30 -- Admin

It often takes a crisis for a society to reflect meaningfully on its institutions – their value, purpose, strengths and weaknesses. Do those institutions serve us or do they primarily serve themselves? The global financial crisis, for instance, exposed how … Continue reading →

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