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Australia’s media culture gets in the way of asking politicians serious questions about climate change. AAP Image/Dean Lewins

Australian media failures promote climate policy inaction

Four months ago, the big media proprietors were fighting proposed federal government press reforms, arguing that “the press” needs freedom if it is to defend the public interest. But these arguments were…
UK news outlet The Guardian launched in Australia this week to much fanfare, but will its reporting hit the mark with Australian audiences? The Guardian Australia

The Guardian: too local for Australian lefties?

For many of us who have long read The Guardian online or, in my case, had the print edition delivered once a week, the Australian edition - launched earlier this week - is disappointing. But there is also…
Commercial interests intruding on business reporting is not new, but as newsrooms shrink, the pressure on fearless reporting grows. Image sourced from

Australian business journalism: more noise than signal?

Political forecaster Nate Silver’s excellent book The Signal and Noise explores living in an era of information abundance. Information is not in short supply, but how to interpret it accurately — as he…
The ABC will be left with significant holes in their schedule after the BBC signed a deal to share their content with Foxtel last week - will they fill it with more local content? EPA/Andy Rain

The Foxtel-BBC deal: implications for Australian television and content

The ABC’s 50-year TV partnership with the BBC is at breaking point after a landmark deal between the British broadcaster and pay TV provider Foxtel was announced last week. Under the new deal Foxtel will…
Former Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett has made himself the centre of attention after the Hawks’ loss to Geelong last weekend. AAP/David Crosling

Too much of a good thing? Why the AFL’s media overload is damaging the game

Former Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett says Hawks’ coach Alastair Clarkson should leave or be sacked at the end of the year. Angry at the Hawks’ seven-point loss to Geelong at the MCG on Monday – their…
Senator Stephen Conroy did not have a mandate for significant change. AAP/Lukas Coch

Low-key Conroy proposals are media reform lite

Yesterday, communications minister Senator Stephen Conroy finally presented the government response to the Convergence Review and Finkelstein review. It is hard to know how many drafts of this long-awaited…
Australia’s newspapers took a very shallow view of the carbon price. Beppie K/flickr

Biased newspaper reporting on the carbon pricing mechanism

The Australian print media have been criticised for inaccurately reporting the carbon pricing mechanism (CPM), and in some instances for actively campaigning against the Gillard government. Research from…
Opposition communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull has stepped up his criticism of proposed new media regulation. AAP

Turnbull overlooks diversity in media regulation dismissal

Opposition communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull is overlooking critical issues of diversity and public interest in dismissing…
Most Australian newsrooms have a blokey culture argues Louise North. Andy Piper

Blokey culture means sexism still rife in Australian newsrooms

Australia’s media sector refuses to acknowledge there is a sexism in newsrooms, despite female journalists experiencing sexual…
The ABC has been criticised for offering rolling 24-hour news, but chairman James Spigelman says the ABC must deliver a comprehensive service. ABC

Commercial media can’t satisfy Australian audiences: new ABC chair

The ABC’s new chairman, James Spigelman, has rejected claims the broadcaster should steer clear of the audiences already…

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