The @smh #Webdiary story: Interview with @margokingston1 by @timdunlop in his book ‘The New Front Page’ #MediaMargo

My return to journalism via Twitter was enabled by several readers and contributors to Webdiary, which I’m told by online media academic Axel Bruns was the world’s first Mainstream media interactive blog. I’m now committed to telling my story in journalism in a professional memoir, which will comprise part of a PhD. In A collaborative thesis by @margokingston: Stories of citizen journalism with Webdiary and @NoFibs, I launched a new No Fibs series where I hope Webdiary and No Fibs readers will tell their stories, which I will reference in my thesis. No Fibs’ chief sub-editor and arts editor Michael Burge wrote the first post in the series, Voyage to the […]

The publish button killed the media: @burgewords comments

This week’s cancellation of the funding behind Australia’s flagship online news source The Global Mail sent shock waves through the local media, because many journalists were watching to see if the rise of the independent online media hub was a viable career lifeboat. It’s not all bad news for the staff at The Global Mail. They’ve got about three weeks to find other sources of funding. If that fails, another flock of querulous journos will descend on the already job-starved media landscape. What’s clear to me now is that the social media is the only media. The demeanour of journalist Mike Seccombe said it all, when he fronted-up for an […]

The New Front Page: @YaThinkN reviews @timdunlop book

By Noely Neate 25 July 2013 Source: Yathink.com.au   As a punter, books written on media – particularly ones based on the relationship between traditional media institutions and the internet – fascinate me. I don’t want to be a journalist as I am quite happy in my small business, but I am an avid devourer of news who happens to work in the IT industry.  I include this disclaimer before discussing Tim Dunlop’s book, “The New Front Page: New Media and the Rise of the Audience” to make it clear that I am not a media insider. I am the ‘Audience’ Mr Dunlop refers to. I see on Twitter the awful […]

Mindful ethics for election bloggers and citizen journalists

By Mark Pearson, Professor of Journalism and Social Media, Griffith University, Australia 10 August 2013 Bloggers and citizen journalists come from an array of backgrounds and thus bring varied cultural and ethical values to their blogging. No Fibs asks its citizen journalists to follow the MEAA Code of Ethics, and the journalists’ union has recently made a concerted effort to bring serious bloggers into its fold through its FreelancePro initiative. This would have bloggers committing to a ‘respect for truth and the public’s right to information’ and the core principles of honesty, fairness, independence, and respect for the rights of others. Specifically, they would subscribe to the 12 key principles […]

Blogjam: the weeks blog action by @CastIronBalcony

by Helen Smart Thanks, Margo, for inviting me to post a Blogjam on No Fibs. I was a reader of Margo’s Webdiary back in the early Noughties, which featured a regular post of links to good reads for the week from the Ozblogosphere. The landscape has changed – many of the bloggers from that time have moved on, written books, or are now entertaining and educating us via Facebook and Twitter. But blogs are still with us. Here is a selection of posts from the Ozblogosphere for the week 9 June – 16 June. Inevitably, I’ll have made terrible, head-slapping omissions – so if there’s a fantastic blog post from […]

Macquarie University funds the first twitter–based election coverage by a professional journalist

27 May 2013 Margo Kingston, one of Australia’s best-known political and investigative journalists, is partnering with Macquarie University to cover the upcoming Federal election using social media. Kingston was the first Australian journalist to use online media to bring the voice of citizen journalists into the mainstream media with her Sydney Morning Herald- based website Webdiary. Her new project will build on this legacy and explore the role Twitter now plays in public debate and journalism. “I see this as a successor to Webdiary,” Kingston says. “It will be grounded in the same charter, values and ethics. It will be based on the citizen journalism model where I will work with […]