Grassroots spark catches winds of change: @jansant reviews #NoFibs 2014 coverage of #auspol






No Fibs editor Margo Kingston comments on her 2014 highlights So, the second year of No Fibs is nearly over. Personal highlights? It’s hard to go past getting back on the ground after so long to report civil disobedience at the #leardblockade (my first Twitter report, No Fibs tribute). As a print journo it was thrilling to report live, and to report the frontline of grassroots citizens’ action on climate change at Australia’s first blockade of a new coal mine. Much of my work was Twitter portraits of Australians who’d travelled to the Liverpool Plains to take a stand, and these portraits proved that this was not a campaign of […]






Tooling up the #CitizenJournalist: @ange_gee_gee reports on #ComeCreate






THE face of journalism is continually evolving and the increased role of citizen journalists is one indicator of this. While websites like No Fibs provide a voice for citizen journalists they are still regarded as lacking the authority and accuracy which mainstream media journalists and publications are thought to possess. Recently, I have been a part of a group of students from the University of Queensland who are looking to create a tool to help assist citizen journalists. We also want to find out from citizen journalists whether they would use a tool like this. No Fibs contributor and arts editor Michael Burge (@burgewords) offered his insight into the state of citizen journalism […]






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 […]






Voyage to the new news world: @burgewords #CreatingWaves on online media






Margo Kingston asked me to kick-off a new series on No Fibs about the experiences of citizen journalists working with professional journalists in online media. Here is my response. A WEEK after the 2013 federal election I was driving to my casual sub-editing job on a Fairfax weekly newspaper when I let a brilliant photo opportunity go. During the campaign I’d had to pass a vast billboard of our electorate’s returned sitting member, Andrew Laming, along that route. But on that day, Laming’s face was burning into black ash as a farmer torched his latest crop’s stubble. It was one of those moments when your mind takes the shot, writes the story […]






It’s not quite over yet: @margokingston #leardblockade Twitter report June 3






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Winter has come for Leard State Forest and her wildlife: my #leardblockade Twitter report






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The futility and the joy of the #leardblockade last stand: @margokingston1 Twitter report






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Off the rails with @margokingston1 at #BentleyBlockade: @mickdaley1 interview






Dean Sewell and Margo Kingston at #BentleyBlockade (At the time of the interview on April 30 the #BentleyBlockade was the subject of shouting matches in NSW Parliament as the Labor Opposition Party belatedly tackled new Premier Mike Baird over his plans to unleash riot police on thousands of peaceful farmers and townies. Senior police had confirmed that a riot squad deployment of up to 700 fully kitted out storm-troopers would arrive soon. Social and local print media was roaring with anger at this affront to democracy, food and water security.) Underneath a small marquee in the heart of the Bentley anti-coal seam gas protest camp I’m sipping lime cordial with […]






No right to report civil disobedience? Why @margokingson1 pleads guilty at #leardblockade






When I was charged with trespass at the #leardblockade on March 31 (see Getting #leardblockade arrested, WTF is journalism and who’s the extremist: @margokingston1 interview with @dailytelegraph), I sought legal advice on whether I could plead not guilty because of the implied right to freedom of political communication under the Constitution. There is no legal basis for press freedom in Australia and the right to free political communication implied by the High Court is very narrow. But I thought it was worthwhile exploring the freedom’s limits because civil disobedience – the ultimate citizen’s public act of political expression – is on the rise, partly due to due to Government inaction on global warming and subservience […]






Reporting grassroots greenshoots when faith in establishment politics dies: @margokingston1






Margo: A version of this column appeared in the Byron Shire Echo –[email protected]– on 29 April as a substitute for Mungo McCallum’s weekly column while he recovered from surgery.    Mungo and I last discussed politics just after the federal election on Late Night Live. We both knew what Abbott would do – seek to close down free speech and climate change science information and further corporate interests at the expense of community. The bottom line was that a disenchanted public had voted in a climate change denying Government at a time when climate change amelioration and adaptation was crucial to the survival of our species. I felt lucky to have co-ordinated the […]