How journalism works: Sex, lies and voice recorders

How journalism works: Sex, lies and voice recorders

News Ltd excelled itself this weekend with a piece of journalistic sleight-of-hand designed to deceive readers in the quest for more website clicks. The story – Erotic dancers at charity launch for sick kids – first appeared on the front page of the NT News and their website. It wasn’t long before other websites in the News Ltd group picked up on the story’s “click potential.

News manipulation: The impartiality dilemma

News manipulation: The impartiality dilemma

Three wise monkeysIn their efforts to avoid accusations of bias, the modern news media has become more biased and more distorted than ever before. A perfect example of this ‘biased impartiality’ occurred this morning on Channel Seven’s revamped Sunrise program.

Heritage media: Can they really be that ignorant?

Heritage media: Can they really be that ignorant?

Those in charge of heritage media again revealed today how little they understand the internet and that they are unwilling to adapt. At least, that’s how it would appear on the face of it. News.com.au reported on the speech by APN News & Media chief executive Brendan Hopkins at the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers’ Association conference (PANPA).

Don’t tell me what to think! Social media vs heritage news

Don’t tell me what to think! Social media vs heritage news

Heritage media in the UK took another punch to the stomach recently as social media refused to allow The Daily Mail to set a racist right wing agenda. A couple of weeks later, John Hartigan decided to strike a blow on behalf of the heritage newspaper industry to the blogging community in his speech to the National Press Club.

The Lizzies — I’m a Finalist!

The Lizzies — I’m a Finalist!

Wow – incredibly gobsmacked. This week, the finalists were announced for the Lizzies — more correctly known as the 7th annual IT Journalism Awards, recognising excellence in IT media and journalism. It is rather humbling to discover that, unbeknownst to me, I was nominated by an editor that obviously thought I didn’t give him too many headaches.