The mysterious photo no-one took: New evidence for Press Council

Update 19 September, 2013: First the Press Council told complainant Anne Tan this photo was doctored, and not published by the Australian. We had evidence that it was, and in February Anne asked the Press Council to reopen its file. Seven months later the Press Council advised Anne that the photo WAS in the Oz and WAS NOT doctored. […]

Why this punter’s cheering for the underdog, despite her Labor colours

By Noely Neate February 21, 2013 Source: Yathink.com.au I am not a big fan of the ‘hating the MSM’ club to be found on Twitter, as I really don’t feel you can lump a whole profession of print, radio and television journalists in the one basket.  I have seen some good reports in the Main […]

Cityrail #cityfail? Training citizen journalism

By Pascal Grosvenor February 20, 2013 cityrail indicator board 13 feb @hughwhitfeld redfern train station 13 feb @katelynewart central platform 18-19  13 feb @MrJesseRoss I know a thing or two about catching trains. I’ve been a Sydney train commuter for 18 years. In that time I’ve completed two university degrees and had several different jobs. […]

Looking for my Aunty

By Nancy Cato February 17, 2013 Yes – silly isn’t it. I feel rather foolish making this awful public confession that I’ve sort of lost my Aunty, but it’s a fact – if a fact can be ‘sort of’. Anyway, I do my share of complaining about the lack of any sort of facts in […]

Looking to past to prepare for future: Lessons of a Webdiary story

by Margo Kingston March 15 2006 Source: webdiary.com.au 18.02.2013: It seems I’m diving in again, so I’ve read about what happened last time. I decided to publish the past for anyone interested in the future of Australians for Honest Politics, as my beliefs about professionals partnering with citizens to do citizen journalism haven’t changed. This is […]

Stonewalling on steroids: ABC fails transparency test

EDITORS NOTE: When there is more information on an ABC apology and reprimand to Jon Faine from right wing blogger Michael Smith’s website than from the ABC itself  you smell a story. Thanks to Tweep donations AFHP commissioned journalist Peter Clarke to pursue it. Both he and I thought the story would have been told […]

Speculating Poll Dating

Margo’s note: Sarah Capper edits the Victorian Women’s Trust feminist monthly Sheilas. She’s an old friend who has kindly let AFHP publish her first column in 2013. Each month she interviews a bonza sheila and this time it’s Ita (registration for Sheilas is free). I love Sarah’s writing, this time on timing the election, and hope you […]

Grattan’s abrupt exit ends idealist’s dream

By Margo Kingston April 1, 1995 WHEN the managing director of The Canberra Times, Ian Meikle, told Michelle Grattan on Wednesday afternoon that she was sacked as editor of The Canberra Times and should leave the premises, he suggested a monetary settlement. Grattan refused. “I don’t want to salve their consciences,” she said privately later. […]

I am @geeksrulz

This is a big moment for me, saying who I am. I have personal, family and business reasons for being anonymous on Twitter. The last piece like this one I wrote 10 years ago on Margo Kingston’s pioneering Webdiary. Does it matter who The Geek is?  From the moment I set up a site with […]

Independent media must take Fairfax’s place

By Margo Kingston Source: ABC The Drum June 25th 2012 So, it’s finally over. Although it has been coming for a long time, really. What happened last week was just the full stop. Decades of mismanagement and executive asset stripping now sees Fairfax on its knees, bending to Gina. And there is the real prospect […]