Sydney Morning Herald: New form of journalism must adhere to old rules

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 Australian: Papers must return to core business

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."

Canberra Times: The real threat to newspapers comes from quality not quantity

"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."

Covering a General Election, Google style

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 [...]