This week I’m having a jab at journalism in Australia. My first experience with the media here was an ad for an upcoming episode of Today Tonight. I turned to the missus and asked, “is this satire?” Sadly it is not. It was so over-the-top silly I didn’t take it serious. What is actually sadder is that there are people here who take shows like Today Tonight and ACA serious.
The best way, I have learned, to judge the standard of journalism within a country is to look at the absolute lowest form of rubbish that passes for journalism.
By looking at TT and ACA, not forgetting their lovely shock-jocks, the standard i pretty low here, unfortunately.
It is worth mentioning that there are some rather good sources of journalism here too. Downside is that they don’t get that much attention, nor applaud for what they add to the media landscape here.
What is holden the better part of the media back in Australia is their obsession of putting up a clean fight. It’s so clean it is a more powerful sleeping aid than Stilnoct. Stop waving your bloody finger while saying they’re “naughty.”
What this country needs is someone to shake things up a bit, be progress, yet professional. Willing to get dirty, but come out clean after the fight is over.
That was a really nice half-a-bottle of wine.
and good luck.
Recording Mr Jones – Read it
Here you have a journo trying to adhere to the idea of being part of the ‘fourth estate’ while being accused of being unethical.
‘Private’ dinner with Alan Jones was open to anyone – Read it
This must be the mildest form of ‘undercover reporting’ I’ve ever come across. Only withholding that you’re a journalist. Sadly not surprising that the journo is being criticised for it.
A pretty massive deal – Read it
This is a too common misconception I am met with very often. That you should write a story, then pitch it. It doesn’t work like that. I can’t walk into Apple, add a few lines of code and expect to be paid. If you’re trying to break into the field of journalism, read this write-up!
Mads Brügger, “The Ambassador” Director, Takes Exploitation To A Whole New Level – Read it
Undercover reporting I would never expect to see happen or be approved of in Australia.
10 Dispensable Twitter Tips for Journalism Students – Read it
Or 10 tips to be boring as fuck on Twitter while being like everyone else that has a pole shoved up their arse. Be yourself – that’s the only tip you need.
Social Media Etiquette for Journalists: The Rules Have Changed – Read it
A bit more down-to-earth and up-to-date tips on how journos should act online.
Are blogs journalism? Um, no. But they are a journalism medium – Read it
And they will be more difficult to compete with if the MSM doesn’t wake up. In the same way the film industry got fucked in the arse by torrents.