Monday Media – Can anything save ‘dinosaur media’?

Can the Australian government’s proposed new media laws save troubled newspapers and other legacy media outlets? Or is that the wrong question to be asking? It’s now two weeks since the government confirmed plans to significantly change media ownership laws, which could prompt a whole swag of mergers and acquisitions as old-school news organisations battle…

Monday Media – DAB Radio Goin’ up the country?

A few weeks ago I was accused of being, and I quote, “Another doomsayer doing his level best to kill off commercial radio.” That’s because I had the temerity to suggest that DAB+ Radio, or Digital Audio Broadcasting, risked going the same way as AM Stereo – into the dustbin of ideas whose time never…

Saturday Arts – what ever happened to essays?

I had reason, during the week, to use a famous line of Ralph Waldo Emerson – the one about a foolish consistency being the hobgoblin of little minds. It was from his essay, ‘On Self-Reliance’ – but as I looked it up, it struck me that I hadn’t read Emerson, or Thoreau, or their ilk since high school…

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…