Let’s turn back the tide of media nastiness infecting our national psyche

By Noely Neate Source: Yathink.com.au 19 July 2013 What has happened to this country?  It’s the chicken and the egg scenario – are we drawn to sensationalism because it is handed to us by the media or do the media mete out the ridiculous hyperbole because the public demand it?  From the outside looking in, it feels like hysterical coverage cements both the media and the Australian public as part of a nasty, self-obsessed nation. Today alone we are told the biggest issue affecting our political landscape is the dreaded ‘illegal’ asylum seekers and that Kevin Rudd has to address this.  Really?  That is the biggest problem in this country […]

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 Gallery and its gatekeeper and The Press Gallery contemplates reform: Join the conversation As regular @NoFibs readers know, I FOI’d the list of Press Gallery members when I realised, much to my surprise, that it was secret. Press Gallery President David Speers is now seeking gallery members’ permission to make the list public. Hi @margokingston1 […]

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, […]