The death of newspapers – have we reached the tipping point?

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In a 2013 Monthly essay Eric Beecher warned of a looming “civic catastrophe” for Australia if the decline of newspapers continued as it had been in the preceding years. The Australian’s report on a Fairfax plan to dump print and go digital-only, as yet unimplemented but convincingly detailed in the leaked 2013 document prepared by management consultancy firm Bain & Co, suggest that such a move is, if not a certainty, highly probable in the foreseeable future.
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The hashtag conundrum: how should journalists negotiate public and private on social media?

Have a heart - Sanctuary rally #LetThemStay Melbourne. Photo by Takver, Flickr

Have a heart – Sanctuary rally #LetThemStay Melbourne. Photo by Takver, Flickr

Journalistic objectivity has come under the spotlight as debate rages over a recent High Court decision that ruled that offshore processing of asylum seekers is legal.

This is no doubt an emotionally charged debate, and the way Australia deals with asylum seekers has been under scrutiny for some time. For journalists working on the story, it can create a conundrum – particularly if they have a strong personal view on the issue.
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Australians couldn’t care less about politics? Really?

Cross In The Box - Adam Wyles, Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0

Cross In The Box, Adam Wyles, Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0

It has become accepted wisdom in public discourse that Australians are disengaged with politics. But is that really the case? Or are we more invested in our political system than we appear to be?

A poll last year noted that less than one-third of respondents had “a lot” or “some” trust in either their federal or state parliaments. The figure for the former had dropped from a relatively lofty 55% in 2011.
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