Scrutiny of the sources, evidence and bias behind our public figures’ statements is more important than ever.
In a time of slippery weasel words and 'alternative facts', we are delighted to see the return of the ABC fact-checking unit in collaboration with RMIT.
New linguistic studies show the ratio of “he” to “she” in Australian news reporting is 3.4 to 1.
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A new database that shows the use of gendered words in major Australian newspapers tells us much about whose voices are being heard.
Within weeks of the ‘Children Overboard’ claims, the Howard government enforced a media blackout of sorts on asylum seekers.
How do the media management strategies devised in haste 15 years ago affect how asylum seekers are portrayed today?
It appears a significant proportion of Australia’s Chinese community feel the Australian media cover China within a narrow framework.
Anti-Chinese hostility, channelled and fanned by the mainstream media, may fuel negative sentiments toward Australia on the part of Chinese migrants.
Mitch Fifield argues media diversity is under threat unless the government’s bill is passed.
The Turnbull government is engaged in a media reform process that is all about the sideshow – not forward-thinking policy with the public interest in mind.
Research in the humanities has come under attack from the Daily Telegraph in recent days.
The decision to refuse the ARC and academic researchers a right of reply appears to be a straightforward breach of the News Corp Australia code of conduct.
The Nine Network’s Here Come The Habibs is one of very few Australian TV programs not dominated by Anglo-Australian faces.
A generation on from revelations about the lack of diversity in the Australian media at the dawn of the digital era, what is pushing this concern now? And what’s changed since then?
Harriet Wran was sentenced to four years in prison with a non-parole period of two.
The internet and social media have expanded the potential for more enduring forms of non-judicial punishment by way of continued denigration, humiliation and abuse.
A recent ACMA investigation found Andrew Bolt did not breach the commercial TV code of practice.
An ACMA investigation of Andrew Bolt raises questions of fair and accurate reporting, the clash over facts, fair comment and the right of readers and viewers to be fully informed.
Is Rupert Murdoch’s influence on the Australian political landscape what it used to be?
Given newspapers' continued role as the main provider of new news every day, and the amplifying effect of social media, their potential to influence the body politic remains substantial.
Bill Shorten poses for yet another selfie, ready to be uploaded onto social media.
A key feature of the way this election has been covered has been the symbiosis between tradition media and social media.
Michelle Guthrie: will she shape an ABC that truly reflects modern Australia?
The ABC's new chief, who took over last week, has identified improving diversity at the broadcaster as a top priority. This is long overdue - the BBC has already tackled the issue from the top down.
Mark Scott has altered the ABC in profound ways.
Mark Scott will hand to Michelle Guthrie a much-transformed ABC – one that does the same things in very new ways.
History lesson: Sydney’s Daily Telegraph goes to war on political correctness.
Debate over 'discovery' of Australia is alive and well – in the mind of one Sydney newspaper editor.
With depressing regularity I return to this column to talk about cuts to precious journalism capacity in Australia, usually at Fairfax. This week it’s the equivalent of 120 editorial positions consigned…
Some have criticised the government’s fresh attempt at media reform as benefiting big media companies such as News Corp.
If the word “reform” implies genuine public benefit, then real reform has been in short supply for all of the 106 years of electronic media regulation in Australia.
Rural and regional Australians deserve more than tokenistic media coverage of their regions.
Before media reform becomes a runaway train, we need to return to the drawing board and rethink the maps that define and guide broadcasters on reporting news for “local areas”.
Media owners are likely to be the biggest beneficiaries of changes announced by Communications Minister Mitch Fifield on Tuesday.
Mitch Fifield has announced a shake-up of Australia’s media ownership laws. What rules are being scrapped? And what effect might their axing have on Australia’s media sector?
Mitch Fifield seems to have herded enough fractious media cats into the cage to get his media reform package through.
The fact that Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has got a package of changes to Australia's media laws this far is remarkable considering the ill-fated recent history of attempts at media reform.
ABC managing director Mark Scott’s recent speech to the National Press Club today had the quietly confident tone of a CEO who knows he’s leaving his organisation in broadly better shape than he found it…