Monday Media: News, Vietnam style..

One of the most common issues I face when teaching journalism students – especially those from Asian backgrounds – is the need for attribution. “You can’t just say ‘The 12th National Party Congress is a congress of solidarity, democracy, discipline and renovation, demonstrating its resolve to increase comprehensive and synchronous reforms while promoting the country’s…

Rear View Microphone: Well now this is embarrassing…

  Today should see the publication of the third episode of Rear View Microphone – the weekly podcast covering Travel, and Tourism, and Cruising, and Communications, and Arts and Entertainment, and Politics and more … Unfortunately, I’m on holidays in Singapore and Vietnam over the next three weeks – and my recording equipment didn’t even survive the…

Monday Media – light, and shade

I had the pleasure of producing and presenting news bulletins at one of my fave little radio stations over the weekend – River 949 at Ipswich – and I was amused by the difference between it,and my final ‘full-time’ station, Radio 4BC. Now, before I go on, it is NOT my intention to ‘slag off’…

Relaunching this Friday …

It’s been an interesting week or two around the CairnsComms world HQ – what with visits to see my 91 year old mum, and Christmas, and other disruptions. That’s why the blogsite’s been just a bit … moribund … for much of December. But as of Friday, we have a new year – and a…

Midweek musings – the cost of Christmas

$155,405 – or around $427 per gift. That’s the true cost of Christmas. At least, that is if you go by the song, “The 12 days of Christmas”. And if you decided to give one gift each day, the gift-giving season would last an entire year, rather than just the 12 days from December 25 until January 5…