Federal Press Gallery list revealed






  MARGO: Everyone know journos can’t keep a secret, but they’ve somehow managed to keep the list of Federal Press Gallery members secret from the general public. Until now. We’ve published two pieces on the PG triggered by its refusal to allow @callumdav to join as a reporter for @independentaus; Your guide to the Press […]






The basics on blogging and tweeting without getting sued






Margo: This is the third post in our series exploring the meaning of journalism. Professor Mark Pearson, an expert in media law, outlines the basic legal issues journos must keep in mind. by Mark Pearson May 29, 2013 Countless laws might apply to the serious blogger and citizen journalist because Web 2.0 communications transcend borders into […]






Is the media reporting facts or opinion, and how does one tell the difference?






By Paul Davis May 29, 2013 The second Tuesday in May saw the Federal Government hand down the 2013-14 Federal Budget, with the Federal Opposition budget reply the following Thursday. While some people may be avid budget followers and analyse the speeches and budget papers, chances are the majority of Australian’s rely on the media […]






@OakeyMP on the dirty LabLib deal to grab our cash






Parliamentary speech May 28, 2013 by Rob Oaskeshott The fix is in on political donation reform. In a week of racing scandals—in fact, a month of racing scandals—the only ones ‘More Joyous’ about this failed donation reform that looks to be coming before the House today, looks to be the cosy relationship between the head […]






No limits on political donations, but more and more public funding






by Graeme Orr May 28, 2013 Australia has a lax campaign finance regime by western world standards.  At national level there are no limits on donations and no limits on expenditure.  Instead, we have a 30 year old system where the parties are fed public money – currently around $2.50 per vote – in return for […]






Twitter’s storm-water drain an adaptive moment for the MSM






By Catharine Lumby May 28, 2013 When a big news story breaks it is like a downpour. Twitter is like a storm water drain, lots of rubbish gets swept along with the deluge but there is always something worth distilling. There are plenty of iconic examples, from reports on the Arab Spring uprisings to the […]