Tag Archives: media

That was the year that wasn’t

Had it not been for WikiLeaks, 2010 might have gone down as another forgettable year for the media in Australia and around the world. There were few outstanding examples of great journalism,[i] no breathtaking, game-changing technical innovations, not even any great “end-of-an-era” events at which we could pause and take stock. Admittedly, the human inclination to see the… Read More

Don’t try this at home, children

The release by WikiLeaks of tens of thousands of confidential US government emails has turned the spotlight on some serious and long-submerged issues about honesty in public life. The US Government and many others mentioned in these supposedly secret emails are genuinely embarrassed and understandably angry that they have been made public. They and their supporters outside government… Read More

Who let the racist cats out of the bag?

Reactions to attacks on Indian students in Australia show how far our discussion on race has deteriorated, with ethnic lobby groups themselves among the guilty. Critics have long argued that while Australia is not a racist country there is a vein of racism running through society that must be constantly worked on. Has neglect let the racist cats out of the bag? … Read More

Women and war reporting

War was once almost wholly the domain of male journalists but increasingly women journalists and female crew are reporting from the front lines. So is it time more women got to tell the stories behind the bombs and bullets? And can the media improve the way women are portrayed in conflict zones? … Read More

Who will blink first?

Fiji’s military dictator and recently re-elected Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama wanted to be remembered as a man who implemented reform. But it is the very journalists he is now bullying who will be writing his legacy. Almost 10 years have now passed since this article was first published, but has anything really changed in the Pacific islands state? … Read More

Dilemma of receiving lost documents

Finders keepers? A highly-sensitive, controversial, confidential document found on a train seat or cafe table is every journalist’s dream, presenting the possibility of a scoop of a lifetime. But it’s not yours, right? Should you give it back unread or publish and be damned? The choices – and the consequences – are intriguing. Read More