A requiem for quality journalism 1

Warwick Fairfax meets the press

Warwick Fairfax meets the press

Fairfax Media spiraled into decline as a series of Boards of  Directors misunderstood or just ignored technological changes, as they maneuvered  for perceived political and commercial influence. The cost cutting, centralisation and redundancies which resulted from  this decline, may have saved money but they also squandered the news group’s intangible but critical  advantages. It seemed that the Boards didn’t really know what made Fairfax unique.

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Newsgathering with Tweetdeck Reply

tweetdeckHow do you ensure accuracy with speed, so that social media driven journalism is credible?

Conciseness, the ability to summarise complex stories in the 140 characters demanded by microblogs such as Twitter, should already be a given.

However,  some twitterati  often appear to be unconcerned whether the information they distribute is correct, coherent or even recent.

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Not looking the other way : investigative journalism Reply

Kate McClymont

Kate McClymont

The nation’s wealthy and powerful often used threats to put the frighteners on journalists, according to investigative reporter, Kate McClymont.

McClymont was the keynote speaker at the Press Freedom Dinner in Sydney. She spoke of attempts to intimidate her as she reported on political corruption and crime. More…

Insuring free speech Reply

114121_originalTweeters, bloggers and freelance journalists will be able to insure against defamation actions against them, in a scheme announced by the Media Alliance.

While the internet enabled freelance journalists to self publish, it also meant that independent journalists no longer had an umbrella of employers’ legal protection.

Australia has no constitutional guarantees of free speech, allowing the wealthy or well connected to target their online critics with costly legal actions. Journalists have been faced with the choice of going silent or talking a loan to pay for a lawyer. More…

Voicing the voiceless : Swara 1

swaracover-smallNews is being re-defined in India where citizen journalists use mobile phones  to create a grass roots news gathering network.

To seek accuracy and foster credibility, their stories were fact checked by professional journalists employed to review submitted material. More…

ABC News goes multi-media Reply

mcmurtThe Australian Broadcasting Corporation plans to launch a seamless, new multi media News process.

Under the News system being tested this week, desk editors and producers were working with Chief of Staff desks and day editors in the Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane newsrooms to coordinate national stories, from commissioning through to production – across all platforms. More…

Regulate News? 1

conroyHistory’s worst mass murderers have been joined by Australia’s Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, if you believe News Limited‘s big circulation Australian newspaper, the Telegraph.  The Telegraph was reacting to Conroy’s announcement yesterday that the government would legislate to create a Public Interest Media Advocate. More…

Sleaze, Smear and Social Media Reply

Julia Gillard as depicted by Larry Pickering

Julia Gillard as depicted by Larry Pickering

The opposition attacks on Julia Gillard’s ethics were underpinned by an unprecedented underground online campaign prosecuted on social media.

The questions raised by the opposition’s Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop were foreshadowed in the Murdoch press which in turn was informed byblogs maintained by  right wing activists operating on the margins of the mainstream media. It happened beyond the rarified gaze of the press gallery, which itself has become a target for speculation and abuse. More…