Walter V. Robinson, the US investigative journalist who was portrayed by Michael Keaton in the film Spotlight, talks to Media Files about his team’s investigation into child abuse in the Catholic Church.
Spotlight’s Walter V. Robinson and the Newcastle Herald’s Chad Watson on covering clergy abuse - and the threats that followed.
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In this episode, we hear from Walter V. Robinson on how the Boston Globe Spotlight investigation into clergy abuse began, and from the Newcastle Herald's Chad Watson on how his paper covered abuse.
Nine years after the Montara oil spill in the Timor Sea, victims have yet to receive compensation.
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Despite its magnitude, the response to the Montara oil spill did not receive the publicity of other offshore oil disasters like the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
A merger between Nine and Fairfax was announced in July this year.
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What does the Nine Fairfax merger mean for diversity and quality journalism?
Eric Beecher of Private Media, Stephen Mayne of the Mayne Report and ABC finance presenter Alan Kohler join Andrew Dodd and Andrea Carson to discuss what the Nine Fairfax merger means for quality journalism.
Getting the scoop.
As the Cairncross Review looks into how high-quality journalism can be sustained into the future, a case for opening up funding streams to tackle a 'democratic deficit'.
Media Files is a new monthly podcast, featuring discussion between media researchers, experts and working journalists on the big issues in the media landscape today.
Here lies democracy.
When different sides in a violent political crisis become ever more entrenched, democracy quickly starts to wither.
Even as he decries the news media, President Donald Trump actively seeks its approval.
Trump despises the media and says it's a threat to the American people. Yet the White House's daily newsletter scours the US to find good press, touting even tiny bits of praise from local newspapers.
The outrage over Trump’s comments at the joint press conference meant an opportunity for meaningful debate about policy was lost.
The extensive media coverage of the Helsinki meeting was almost universally critical of Trump, which overshadowed the chance to ask more meaningful questions about how the world deals with Russia.
Congolese health workers prepare equipment before the launch of vaccination campaign against the deadly Ebola virus.
A study of recent epidemics like Zika and Ebola suggests that the media may fail to tell the public what to do during an outbreak.
South Australia just became the latest state to pass shield laws, but history shows they haven’t always done their job.
Shield laws are meant to help investigative journalists do their work, but significant loopholes remain.
'Hothouse Earth' is not a sure thing – yet. Here's what you can do about it.
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The dilemma for the rest of the media is: to report or not to report? And how?
The essence of local newspapers is that they are a mirror of the small communities that produce them.
Even in the age of digital disruption and big-name mergers, there are signs that local newspapers remain viable and strong.
The Sydney Morning Herald’s Kate McClymont is one of Australia’s leading investigative journalists. Under the Fairfax-Nine merger, how well will work like hers be supported?
Fairfax Media has a long and highly successful history in investigative journalism, which may be at risk if the company merges with the Nine Network.
It’s difficult to measure media bias.
Nearly half of Americans say they see a great deal of bias in the news media. But the research on this subject is unresolved.
If a news report mentions a shooter’s tough childhood, chances are he’s white.
White shooters are nearly 95 percent more likely to have their crimes attributed to mental illness than black shooters.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Nicholas Klomp about the week in politics.
Frank and Kerry Packer would be pretty happy to see the company they founded on the cusp of swallowing Fairfax.
Two companies with very different histories and cultures will now be forced to work together in search of efficiencies and revenue in a brutal media landscape.
Despite several barriers, journalists are changing the way they report on violence against women for the better.
The sky’s the limit.
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Comcast and Disney's bidding war for Sky can only be justified by the outside threat of Amazon and Netflix.