War, greed and the future of #Syria: @MargaretOConno5 reports

This article is dedicated to ordinary Syrians, whose capacity for hospitality is legendary, including those who went right out of their way for an injured Australian as he lay in pain on the cobblestones of ancient Damascus, and who are now experiencing such desperately hard times. I haven’t forgotten you. Somewhat unexpectedly, I visited Syria in early 2009 and 2011. On both occasions my visits were adjacent to stints on a Jordanian volunteer project. Having travelled all that way, it made sense to visit another nearby country while I was in the region. Back then, despite documented internal human rights abuses, Syria was easy on the wallet and to travel […]

#murdochmafia climate change denial: @ekidna1 and @DrRimmer on countering @rupertmurdoch propaganda

[clear] In Australia, there has been a fierce debate over media reporting of climate change, particularly by the Murdoch media empire. In a recent interview in 2014 with Sky News, Rupert Murdoch, the chief executive officer of News Corporation and 21st Century Fox, maintained: ‘We should approach climate change with great scepticism.’ He commented: Climate change has been going on as long as the planet is here. And there will always be a little bit of it. At the moment the North Pole is melting, but the South Pole is getting bigger. If the sea level rises six inches, that’s a big deal in the world; the Maldives might disappear […]

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 […]

Selling out ethical journalism: @journlaw on @theage secret recordings #springst

[clear] It is a sad day when senior political figures steal a journalist’s recording device and destroy its contents, as we have been told happened at this year’s Victorian Labor conference. But it is an even sadder day when we hear a major newspaper – The Age – justifying a senior reporter secretly recording their conversations with sources. That newspaper’s editorial thundered at the state opposition leader: “Here is a lesson in the law, Mr Andrews: it is not illegal in this state to record people without their consent if you are a party to the call.” The journalist involved – The Sunday Age’s state political editor Farrah Tomazin – went […]

Citizen journo @Wendy_Bacon on Joe’s ‘Widen the Gap’ budget

[clear]Last night I headed over to FBi, a successful not for profit radio station in inner Sydney to meet up with the Budget_Aus team to listen to Treasurer Joe Hockey deliver his first budget speech. We were hosted by Heidi Pett and the rest of the FBi Backchat team who were working on their show about the budget for next Saturday morning. We were all there to support the idea of open access to information and data journalism and in particular, Rosie Williams who is the founder of Info_Aus and No Fibs’ data journalist. Info_Aus has created Budget_Aus which has allowed us to search a database for information about the budget […]

Look! You Punters just don’t understand ‘time honoured’ traditions ok? @YaThinkN

I saw some awful reports in regard to poor Joe Hockey, our esteemed Treasurer, ‘being for sale‘ in the paper this morning. Scurrilous journalism at it’s best. Sky News was right onto this outrageous slur against our Treasurer’s integrity, with a bit of hardworking investigative journalism, they got right to the heart of this so-called ‘Influence for sale’ business to inform us punters that all is good. If you don’t believe me, see below: Frydenberg on fairfax Hockey story: this is an absolutely outrageous story, there's nothing unusual or untoward in it — Kieran Gilbert (@Kieran_Gilbert) May 4, 2014 There is nothing wrong, let me repeat, nothing wrong with business […]

#leardblockade protestors remain positive despite eviction: @l_k_oconnor reports

  On March 31 over 100 people walked onto the Whitehaven Maules Creek coal mine to protest and more than 80 were arrested. Work at the mine was halted for a day and events were widely reported by the mainstream media. The demonstrations coincided with a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that predicted devastating consequences for agriculture, traditional ownership and the economy in the wake of climate change. One of the demonstrators, Simon Outred, who holds the cause very close to his heart, is concerned that his right to protest is not being protected. “They are taking everybody that was on the mine site [to the […]

Let’s deepen MSM-citizen collaboration to ask government for data we can mine, by @Info_Aus

By Rosie Williams, 10 January, 2014 Source:  infoaus.net In this report called Life in the Clickstream: The Future of Journalism, Australia’s Media Alliance discusses the ways in which new technologies and economic events in recent years have put the future of an entire industry under threat. The internet brought with it a cultural expectation that content be free. The separation of online classifieds from journalistic publications to stand alone sites means that papers are left to fund their activities primarily from their readers, readers who are accustomed to the price of their news being subsidised by advertisers. If mainstream media publications survive this ‘perfect storm’ it might only be through changing their […]

My experiment with a Twinterview, by @ChrisToppSydney

[clear] By Chris Topp 27 October, 2013 On Saturday, October 19 I picked up a postcard promo at my local caffeine dealer and had a little idea. Five minutes later I was home and emailing The Launch Group, the PR company dealing with this year’s Blue Knot Day  launch on Monday October 28. I suggested I do a live interview via Twitter with someone connected to the Adults Surviving Child Abuse event. The ‘live interview’ evolved to Twinterview, an interview conducted over Twitter. Here’s a link to the Storify The saw the interview as a different way of collecting and presenting stories, and as a new experience as a journalist. […]

How I reported Gellibrand for @NoFibs, by citizen journo @Dusty_1

By Grant Philpots 24 October, 2013 Margo: The highlight for me of my return to journalism so far has been @NoFibs Twitter-based citizen journo seat reports for the 2013 federal election, and a couple of our contributors want to keep keep reporting on the seat where they live. In this post Grant reflects on his journey in Labor’s safest seat, Gellibrand in preparation for the next phase of his reporting adventure. I had time on my hands when I saw a tweet re-tweeted by someone that said that Margo Kingston was looking for citizen journalists to cover their local electorates. I tweeted her that I’d do Gellibrand, and after no […]