"The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) lodged an official complaint about the ABC's website, Coal Seam Gas: By The Numbers. Following is the ABC's public response to that complaint. ..."
Pollster Mark Textor: "Too often, data journalists suddenly pretend to be experts. But a journalist is a not a mathematician or statistician. With data journalism that is exactly what they pretend to be. They imagine they are something way beyond the pay grade of the average journalist with a graduate degree. Also there is a subtle but significant change in roles that is a dangerous precedent. Rather than independently comparing different data sets, they become advocates for their own information."
"The Federal Court has ruled against Fairfax Media's attempt to claim copyright over headlines in The Australian Financial Review. The decision is seen by the publishing industry to have significant implications for the reproduction of newspaper articles."
"Drawing on a panel of 7000 online users in Australia, Nielsen argued yesterday that in contrast to newspaper readers, consumers on the internet did not show enough loyalty to any particular news provider to subscribe to a provider's coverage."
Michael Gawenda: "Newspapers need to be in the business of news, but they need to report news that only a newspaper can do well. The rest - reports of news conferences, PR-driven events, announcements - all of that can go online. Newspapers need to get smaller, clearer in their focus. Most of the lifestyle sections should migrate to online. Newspapers must not become what The Independent in Britain has become: in the phrase used by its present editor, a viewspaper. The internet is awash with commentary."
"The big challenge for any professional journalist ... is that a good proportion of readers probably more than 30 per cent here know more about your subject than you do ... This reader is in a very good position to know where a journalist is right or wrong, to guess about the sources of different perspectives or angles introduced into a story, or to decide whether a report adds value to what was already known. One's reputation ultimately depends on this market's assessment of one's reliability. And it is from this 'knowing' audience that one gets most of one's stories."
'[Australian] company Fairfax has admitted its journalists are too old to attract the next generation of readers. ... "
"An underground market for the new unauthorised Tom Cruise biography has sprung up on auction site eBay, with Australian buyers willing to pay a significant premium for the book."
"Blogs have never completely lived up to their early hype. They haven't made many bloggers rich, or ushered in a new era of 'citizen journalism', or wrested control of political debates from the mainstream media. But they are gaining political importance.
New floor-to-ceiling panels in the newsroom of News Corp's Australian rival Fairfax show a picture of... Rupert Murdoch.
"Australian cricket authorities came under fire on Friday for preventing some news organisations from covering the first test match against Sri Lanka, as a boycott of the event by international news groups continued."
Dan Sabbagh's media column covers some Google's Austalian general election site, Google News, Digg, Matt Drudge's effect on Mail Online's traffic in the US, and the slow online takeup of a print campaign in the Sun and the Telegraph. Whew.
Google Australia has launched a site to cover that country’s 2007 federal election using many of its existing tools. As TechCrunch reported, the site combines links party-political YouTube videos, a Google Maps mashup containing information on candidates by constituency, “election gadgets” to let users of Google personalised homepage track statements from MPs and Senators, plus [...]
Alan Mutter thinks Google's Australian election site is the company's "boldest-yet intrusion into the formerly sacred space of the MSM" and a trial run for a bid to hijack election traffic US media sites will get next year.