Announcing the Death of The Age. “Independent. Always.” (until December 2018)

On July 25, the impending death of Melbourne’s leading thinking newspaper was announced. The planned takeover of The Age by chequebook journalism, entertainment empire is such a clash of cultures that the death of independent journalism at The Age is certain.  Why did this happen?Read More »

‘THE AGE’ STRIKE, EXPERT COMMENTARY AND THE FUTURE OF JOURNALISM

Recently, journalists at The Age went on strike for a week in protest at yet another large cut in staff numbers, claiming that independent journalism was at great risk if this cutting continued.  Though I sympathise and value some of The Age journalists, particularly the commentators and analysts, I’m afraid they are like people promoting sailing ships when steamships arrived.  The time of newspapers is over.  Let me explain.Read More »

THE PANAMA PAPERS: WHY DOESN’T AUSTRALIA CARE?

Wikileaks strikes again! 11million private documents from one firm, Mossack Fonseca, in one tax haven, Panama, are released to a German newspaper, Siddeutsche Zeitung, which shares them out with an international consortium of journalists over some months, before the story  breaks this week.  But somehow the Australian reaction seems to be very different from that other developed countries.  Why is this?Read More »