Time to be Alert … And a little bit Alarmed? – the @sarah_capper column






Yes, that’s right, last week Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the Government was raising Australia’s ‘terror alert’ status to ‘high’.  While technically this means a terrorist attack on Australian soil is now regarded as “likely”, the PM was quick to clarify that “this does not mean that a terror attack is imminent. We have no […]






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 […]






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 […]






Reporting Indi: A reflection by Margo Kingston






[clear] By Margo Kingston, 1 December 2013 I take the Gold Coast train to Brisbane airport, the plane to Melbourne, the sky bus to Southern Cross Station, the train to Seymour, and the bus to Wangaratta train station. Wayne Jansson leads me to his battered old car and drives me to the hamlet of St James. […]






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 […]






Journalist @MargaretSimons stands up to Oz intimidation, speaks out on media reform






By Margo Kingston, March 19, 2013 I’ve known Meg Simons for more than 25 years. We met in the Fairfax Brisbane bureau in the late 1980s – she was The Age correspondent,  me a new recruit for the Times on Sunday. We covered the Fitzgerald Inquiry, and I learnt courage and persistence – and tried to learn […]






Michelle Grattan’s best work is yet to come






By Margo Kingston February 9, 2013 Michelle Grattan. I’ve loved her and hated her over the years. One invariably has a complicated relationship with a great person. Soon after the 1993 election, under pressure from then editor of The Age Alan Kohler to step back from day-to-day journalism, she left her spiritual home to become the […]