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The proportion of women in the Australian news media has grown, but in general men still rule the newsrooms. The proportion of women in the Australian news media has grown, but in general men still rule the newsrooms. EPA/Yoon S. Byun

Why men still run newsrooms, defying the influx of women

As I write this I can hear a clique of blokes guffawing at morning news conference. Not a woman at the table … We are marginalised and excluded by the blokes' club because admitting women would change…
If only it were this straightforward. If only it were this straightforward. Alias 0591

Hard Evidence: how does false information spread online?

Last summer the World Economic Forum (WEF) invited its 1,500 council members to identify top trends facing the world, including what should be done about them. The WEF consists of 80 councils covering…
Washington Post: yours for a mere $250m. Washington Post: yours for a mere $250m. Daniel X O Neil

Why would anyone buy a newspaper?

Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of Amazon, has bought iconic newspaper The Washington Post for US$250m. Cash. The first question to ask, then, in age where newspaper readership and sales are plummeting…
Axel Bruns updates us on who’s been tweeting what from Australia’s news and opinion sites. Axel Bruns updates us on who’s been tweeting what from Australia’s news and opinion sites. Twitter image from www.shutterstock.com

Australian Twitter News Index: Olympics, interns and racism on Facebook

Following on from our previous coverage of the Australian Twitter news circulation index (ATNIX), here are the results for week 32 of this year. ATNIX tracks the sharing of links to Australian news sites…
James and Rupert Murdoch appearing before the Westminster parliamentary committee that has subsequently attacked their fitness as media proprietors. James and Rupert Murdoch appearing before the Westminster parliamentary committee that has subsequently attacked their fitness as media proprietors. EPA/Press Association

Rupert Murdoch: the amazing transformation of the Wizard of Oz

Will the damning, and somewhat surprising, verdict brought in on Rupert Murdoch by a committee of British parliamentarians, spell the end of the reign of the Wizard of Oz? The answer depends on what is…
Communication Minister Stephen Conroy will oversee the government’s response to the Convergence Review. Communication Minister Stephen Conroy will oversee the government’s response to the Convergence Review. AAP/Dean Lewins

Convergence Review: the call for regulation will be unpopular with established media

I’m looking forward to the next few days. The Convergence Review’s key recommendation to introduce a new body to “regulate” the activities of our major 15 media operators – including newspapers – is significant…
Mark Scott, managing director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Mark Scott, managing director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. AAP/Alan Porritt

Mark Scott on the future of your ABC

Welcome to In Conversation, our series of discussions between leading academics and major public figures in Australian life. In this instalment, Mark Scott, managing director of the Australian Broadcasting…
Rebekah Brooks travels to News International headquarters last year. Rebekah Brooks travels to News International headquarters last year. EPA/Kerim Okten

Hackgate: the impact of Rebekah Brooks' arrest

Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie were among a number of people arrested yesterday UK time on charges of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. She…
Should the changing face of media be a source of despair or optimism? Should the changing face of media be a source of despair or optimism? Truthout.org

The future of news: crowdsourced and connected

To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the death of newspapers are somewhat exaggerated. But traditional media is experiencing the “perfect storm” of declining circulations, collapsing advertising revenues…
Ray Finkelstein and Matthew Ricketson look like they’re leaning towards recommending a single regulatory body for all media platforms. Ray Finkelstein and Matthew Ricketson look like they’re leaning towards recommending a single regulatory body for all media platforms. AAP/Dean Lewins

Media Inquiry misses the point, as the news crisis worsens

It seems that despite their sometimes bitter commercial rivalry, the Fairfax and News Limited empires agree on one thing: the Finkelstein Media Inquiry has been a giant waste of time and money. Both have…

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Some news leaves people knowing less

Some news sources make us less likely to know what’s going on in the world, according to the latest results from Fairleigh…