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The niche television market is now the place to be. Fred Mantel/

New rules for a new generation of television producers

Mass media is on its way out, and the pursuit and influence of niche audiences has fundamentally reshaped everything from the music industry to publishing. Now it's reshaping television.
The abuse unleashed online can be devastating at times. Flickr/Spyros Papaspyropoulos

Five ways to fight online abuse with good manners

Online and social media’s capacity to enable anyone to communicate their ideas and views is much celebrated. So why do so many people feel nervous about getting involved with online debate? Too often…
The Sydney Star Observer won’t appear in a weekly print format any more – but the community it’s helped build is thriving. AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Online and onwards: it gets better for gay and lesbian media

Last week’s announcement that Australia’s oldest and most respected lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) weekly newspaper, Sydney Star Observer (SSO), will change to a monthly print…
Hailed as the US ‘Queen of the mommy bloggers’, Heather Armstrong’s has made her one of Forbes’ ‘Most Influential Women in Media’ and is a US$1 million a year business. Forbes

Is mummy blogs’ liberating power being subverted?

Making the personal political has long been a feminist project. But parenting blogs — known popularly, but often with a special sort of sexist sneer as “mummy blogs” — increasingly run the risk of making…
If the war in Syria is to end, it is the media’s duty to broadcast graphic, uncensored images and the public’s duty to look. EPA/Local Committee of Arbeen

Why we need to see the images of dying Syrians

Horrifying photographs and videos emerged yesterday from what appears to have been a chemical attack on thousands of civilians in Syria. It is still unclear who committed the atrocity, with both Syrian…

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