Julie Bishop promotes jewellery for Liberal Party donor: @Qldaah #auspol #qldpol






The jeweller, the retailer and the foreign minister. How a blue opal necklace linked Julie Bishop to Liberal Party donors and sparked the war over the abolition of Sunday penalty rates. Foreign minister Julie Bishop has modelled an opal collier for one of the Liberal Party’s donors at the launch of the taxpayer funded program, “G’Day USA”. 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. […]






You cannot burn a mummy blog: @burgewords comments






Over the weekend a ripple of panic went through the social media in Australia. I was alerted to it by one of my Twitter friends. Word was that Vanessa Powell, described on her Twitter profile as a “refugee supporter”, had been sent two anonymous tweets by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. They could […]






Sssshhhh, don’t tell the media, but politics is changing from the ground-up, by @ariadne_syd






Ariadne Vromen,[email protected]_syd Source: The Conversation University of Sydney 21st March 2014 Political participation in Australia will soon be about hope – and the transformation of citizenship engagement in this country. Here is why. Traditionally, Australian political participation was centred on, and supported by, the electoral system, political parties and major political organisations. Most media commentators tend […]






Reporting #MarchInMarch, by @jansant






By Wayne Jansson [email protected] 5th March 2014 One month into the Abbott Government, a user on Twitter floated the idea of banding together to voice concern about the direction the new Prime Minister was taking Australia. From this seed a movement was formed – MarchInMarch. Fast forward to early March, 2014, and it’s grown into a truly […]






The face behind the hashtag: @LindaDrummond and #SPCsunday success






@Anniepalooza @taupe_cat Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr… whatever it takes. Spread the word and make #SPCsunday a thing. — Linda Drummond (@LindaDrummond) February 6, 2014 By Linda Drummond @LindaDrummond 10th February 2014 I never thought that a conversation on Twitter would spread so far. Like many people in Australia, I watched the news unfold about SPC Ardmona […]






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. […]






#CSG: Conspiracies, mouthpieces and independence: Mark Anning @1earthmedia reports






By Mark Anning On 28 July 2013, the oil and gas industry peak body – Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) – issued a press release, stating: “The recent coal seam gas episode of ABC 2’s Shitsville Express was a pleasant surprise – a balanced piece of reporting on coal seam gas.” Shitsville Express […]






Trust, it’s not just about ‘them’: Forde wrap by @StephanieDale22






[clear] By Stephanie Dale 5 September 2013 The other day a smart, savvy, engaged woman I know told me she plans to vote informal on September 7 – her decision has as much to do with media coverage as it does with politics. In short: ” Can’t bring myself to vote for Tony Abbott, can’t forgive […]






GetUp! update Murdoch ad ban






By Margo Kingston 4 September 2013 [dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”550px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ] From: Sam McLean – GetUp! <[email protected]> Date: 4 September 2013 13:43:30 AEST Subject: BANNED margo , I’m just off the phone after dozens of radio interviews. Our member-funded ad calling out Murdoch’s bias is causing quite a fuss. Already, 830,000 […]