Time for @mediaalliance to take charge of secret tapes ethics debate: @margokingston1 #MediaMargo #MediaWatch

I sent this email to the Media Alliance today. Dear Media Alliance, Last night’s Media Watch discussed the ethical dispute among journalists over the ethics of recording interviewees without their permission. The dispute shows serious disagreement on the matter. The Age believes it is always ethical. Some others, including me, believe it it permissible only in exceptional circumstances: In general it is unethical for a journo to record a private convo, phone or in person, w/o express or implied consent. #springst @bencubby — Margo Kingston (@margokingston1) July 29, 2014 After some debate among journalists on Twitter, I commissioned media law and ethics professor Mark Pearson, who writes the No Fibs media […]

Reza’s death demands a judicial inquiry, but where is the pressure? @GregDyett reports

[clear] By Margo Kingston  @margokingston1 27th February 2014 Here is the transcript and audio of  this evening’s SBS World Radio item by Greg Dyett @GregDyett on the Manus Island detention centre review and whether it will do the job. I’m thrilled there are a few journalists who understand how important this matter is for the victims and their families. Thanks for caring, Greg. Still no Manus review terms of reference? Anyone demanded judicial inquiry so G4S staff give fearless evidence, powers to gather evidence? — Queen Margo (@margokingston1) February 25, 2014 After his piece, I’ve taken the liberty of publishing a piece by David Marr in the SMH on the […]

Your current federal Press Gallery list

  Another member if the Press Gallery reckons a secret list is not on, so here is, drumroll, the latest version. We recently published the September 2012 list.  Anyone like to explore what the changes in 6 months say about how the PG is changing? Also refer to No Fibs stories on Your guide to the Press Gallery and its gatekeeper and The Press Gallery contemplates reform: Join the conversation     THE FEDERAL PARLIAMENTARY PRESS GALLERY: March 2013 [one-half-first] GALLERY COMMITTEE: PRESIDENT David Speers VICE PRESIDENT Andrew Meares SECRETARY James Massola [/one-half-first]   [one-half-first] AAP Morrissey, Kaaren (Bureau Chief) Blenkin, Max Brinsden, Colin Cape, Patrick Cardwell, Sam Catanzariti, Katelyn Coch, Lukas Cranston, Belinda Curtis, Katina […]

The Press Gallery contemplates reform: Join the conversation

By Margo Kingston May 2nd, 2013 The Canberra Press Gallery is in a reforming state of mind, and to my surprise I’m making a contribution, thanks to Twitter. And thanks to the Press Gallery Committee President @David_Speers, Tweeps can have an input too. The PGC decides who joins the club. In the old days we knew who belonged, journos chosen by their media employers. So there are no criteria for entry, no standard form, no process apart from emailing the president and obtaining a signature for Parliament officials to issue a press gallery pass. We all knew who belonged and who didn’t. Times are changing. New media is moving in, […]

Pity the poor journalist…

By Sally Baxter February 24. 2013 Source: SallyBaxter  Pity the poor journalist. For every pompous hack filing his or her daily lecture to the nation, there are countless others trying to do more and more every day with less and less. At the same time, if they’re smart, they’re trying to get a handle on the shape of the future. Which way, Journalism? And, not unimportantly, will it pay? And will it be worth the constant nit-picking and sometimes outright abuse on social media that seems to go with the job these days? Is the good ship of the traditional publisher going down or is it just shifting course? And […]

Independent media must take Fairfax’s place

By Margo Kingston Source: ABC The Drum June 25th 2012 So, it’s finally over. Although it has been coming for a long time, really. What happened last week was just the full stop. Decades of mismanagement and executive asset stripping now sees Fairfax on its knees, bending to Gina. And there is the real prospect that hard copies of the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age will cease. What next? It is not on to have one big newspaper group in Australia. Fairfax hasn’t done the job of serious, gutsy competition for years, but at least it was there. Now that Murdoch has just bought the excellent online ‘Business Spectator’, […]