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The advent of the internet has changed how politics and the media influence each other - and not always in a good way. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Media Files: Guardian Australia’s Katharine Murphy and former MP David Feeney on the digital disruption of media and politics

Guardian Australia’s Katharine Murphy and former MP David Feeney on the digital disruption of media and politics. The Conversation62.5 MB (download)
Today on the podcast we're talking filter bubbles, fake news, opinion vs fact. Media Files asks two experts how the media and politics influence each other - and why that's causing concern.
Public interest reporting is often equated with watchdog or investigative reporting. But it can include other factual stories that serve the public interest. Shutterstock

Explainer: what is public interest journalism?

Public interest journalism exposes corruption and wrongdoers, and holds the powerful to account. But it is increasingly under threat, and we need to find ways to protect it.
Hat’s all folks. Gert Lavsen

Will crowdfunding save journalism?

The likes of Der Correspondent and Kickstarter raise the prospect of a new funding model for journalism. To some extent, we are kidding ourselves.
Will the plethora of conflicting market signals be too much for news consumers to bear? Image sourced from shutterstock.com

Ad blockers are here to stay, micropayments less so

Media consumers are spoilt for choice, making new revenue models difficult for publishers.
The Financial Times newspaper has been bought by Japanese media house Nikkei. Does the ownership of a newspaper make a difference? It certainly does. Reuters/Peter Nicholls

Newspaper ownership: political influence trumps the promise of profits

The sale of the Financial Times marks the end of 60 years of benign custodianship, which has allowed the pink paper to be one of the more successful in dealing with the challenges of the internet.
Morning after: how the nationals covered the election. Paperboy

Election coverage: sweet victory or a new low for UK press?

So that’s that, then. The pollsters got it wildly wrong and the UK did not wake up on Friday to endless debates about coalitions, minority governments and who would deal with whom. Instead a startled “national…
Is Bill Gates’ desire to help tackle the world’s problems compatible with his foundation’s huge fossil fuel investments? EPA/Cole Burston

Can the Gates Foundation be convinced to dump fossil fuels?

The Gates Foundation is being urged to dump its sizeable fossil fuel assets. Bill Gates cares deeply about world health and development, both of which are affected by climate, but will his charity divest?
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been urged to join the fossil fuel divestment movement. Adbar/Wikimedia Commons

Like everyone else, research charities have a duty to divest

The Guardian's divestment campaign is targeting charitable research trusts. John Quiggin says they have a moral duty to divest fossil fuels, regardless of the temptation to research technological climate fixes.
Digital native. The Guardian

Making the news: how Alan Rusbridger became a story

At 16.38 on December 10th 2014, the casual viewer of BBC News24 may been forgiven for thinking that news had finally eaten itself. For there, on the screen, was the breaking news announcement: GUARDIAN…

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