There is an i in Team No Fibs: co-publisher @geeksrulz tells his #NoFibs story #MediaMargo

This is the second in a new No Fibs series edited by Margo under her collaborative thesis. The first piece was by Michael Burge … and the next one will be by Tim Dunlop. The Fifth Estate might be new kid on the block, but it already packs a mighty punch above its weight. Everyone on social media is a publisher. There are many communities online that you can join such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and various blogs. They all communicate via their preferred format, whatever is relevant to them and the people they want to engage with. The mainstream media (MSM) is just one of these many tribes who produce content. Some good, […]

Walking Away

Citizen journos unite!

By Margo Kingston March 15, 2013 Source: Sheilas Sarah Capper, Sheilas editor: Veteran political journalist and author Margo Kingston is back! And just in the nick of time with an election year upon us. After some time off, Margo returned to writing at the end of last year, spurred into action when she heard Opposition leader Tony Abbott attacking the Prime Minister over the so-called ‘AWU’ slush fund. In her best-selling book ‘Not Happy John!’ (recently relaunched by Penguin as an e-book), Margo examined Tony Abbott’s own involvement in a ‘slush fund’ – with the dubiously named ‘Australians for Honest Politics’ fund that was set-up to bankroll court action against Pauline […]

Manifesto for @NoFibs

By Margo Kingston March 1, 2013 It’s a funny feeling to be writing an introduction to the ebook of Still Not Happy, John!’, because after so many years in retirement I’m now back doing what I love – writing for and editing a citizen journalism website. Back then it was with the Sydney Morning Herald’s Webdiary, created in 2000 and the inspiration for my 2004 book, Not Happy, John!. The book saw Fairfax turn its back on my work, and after a gruelling struggle to save Webdiary, I retired hurt in December 2005. A community-supported Webdiary finally closed last July. Its successor, thanks to Twitter, is Australians for Honest Politics, created in December 2012 by former Webdiarist Tony […]

Building Bridges

By Michael Taylor (TheAIMN) February 24, 2013 There is an old movie line I often recall: A life filled with activity suggests a life filled with purpose. I have no hesitation in borrowing that line in applying it is an apt portrayal of well-known Australian author and journalist; Margo Kingston. I’ve been a big fan of Margo’s since her book Not happy, John hit the shelves in 2004, so I was chuffed to be granted an interview with her last week. I was to discover just how active and purposeful her life has been, and still is, and that there is far more to Margo than the book which first introduced her to […]

Looking to past to prepare for future: Lessons of a Webdiary story

by Margo Kingston March 15 2006 Source: webdiary.com.au 18.02.2013: It seems I’m diving in again, so I’ve read about what happened last time. I decided to publish the past for anyone interested in the future of Australians for Honest Politics, as my beliefs about professionals partnering with citizens to do citizen journalism haven’t changed. This is an edited version of a speech I gave a few months after retiring due to burnout and ill health. Nancy Cato told me today there are no failures, only past experiences. Onward. WHEN someone from the South Australian Governor’s leadership forum suggested I speak to it on ‘the media, democracy, citizenship and globalisation’ I asked […]

I am @geeksrulz

This is a big moment for me, saying who I am. I have personal, family and business reasons for being anonymous on Twitter. The last piece like this one I wrote 10 years ago on Margo Kingston’s pioneering Webdiary. Does it matter who The Geek is?  From the moment I set up a site with Margo Kingston called “Australians for Honest Politics”, I knew that to be a credible contributor I would have to be honest and transparent about the man behind The Geek. The Geek’s time is over, and the time for the smart, sophisticated and insightful guy behind him has arrived. This is part of my 2013 resolution. […]

Brough’s read his Ashby questions: Who will make him answer?

Kathy Sundstrom Sunshine Coast Daily article asked Mal Brough some of these AFHP questions. The Slipper diary entries 1. What information regarding the diaries did you receive from Ashby? 2. What dates did it cover? 3. Why did you want the information? 4. What use did you make of the information? 5. Do you consider it ethical to gain unauthorised access to someone’s else’s diary? 6. What action would you have taken as a sitting MP if your diary was stolen and given to a political rival? 7. Have you had any contact with the AFP since the judgement? Personal help for Ashby and Doane 8. Did you discuss getting employment for […]

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