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 […]

#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 is hosted by Joe Hildebrand, who, according to his Daily Telegraph Google blurb, writes ‘opinion commentary’. Is Joe Hildebrand an opinion commentator? A comedian? Is he a PR man? Or is he a journalist – as described by his Daily Telegraph bio –  bound by the MEAA journalists’ code of ethics? The day after Shitsville […]

Women In Media Launch

Storify by Tony Yegles 23 October, 2013 Storify by The Geek Wed, Oct 23 2013 04:26:55 Women In Media Launch With a panel of inspirational women in @spicertracey @CJaustory, Vicki Laurie and Philippa McDonald @WIM_Aus Add to story or collection Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Linkedin Share by email In Sydney for #womeninmedia launch by Caroline Jones and @spicertracey alliance.org.au/woman-in-media… twitter.com/margokingston1/… margo [email protected] · Tue, Oct 22 2013 23:16:53 ReplyRetweetFavorite Add to story or collection Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Linkedin Share by email I meet my first journo hero at #womeninmedia […]

Mindful ethics for election bloggers and citizen journalists

By Mark Pearson, Professor of Journalism and Social Media, Griffith University, Australia 10 August 2013 Bloggers and citizen journalists come from an array of backgrounds and thus bring varied cultural and ethical values to their blogging. No Fibs asks its citizen journalists to follow the MEAA Code of Ethics, and the journalists’ union has recently made a concerted effort to bring serious bloggers into its fold through its FreelancePro initiative. This would have bloggers committing to a ‘respect for truth and the public’s right to information’ and the core principles of honesty, fairness, independence, and respect for the rights of others. Specifically, they would subscribe to the 12 key principles […]

Di Smith’s Labor pitch in Wentworth

By Di Smith 30 July, 2013 People often ask me why I have put myself in what they perceive to be an impossible situation: pitting myself against someone who is respected, well liked and, according to some commentators, quite possibly the most popular politician in the country. There are also those that say nothing is at stake this election. That the choice between Labor and Liberal no choice at all. To those people I say, look closer. My name is Di Smith. I am an actor, an activist, a teacher and a campaigner. Most people who still recognise me from my acting career remember the years on A Country Practice, […]