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My union card

I’ve just cancelled my membership of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, the union that represents journalists. I’ve been a member since 1993. Before that, I was a member of equivalent union in New Zealand. For 28 years, one of … Continue reading

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Reading the paper

If you want to understand something about the future of newspapers in Australia and New Zealand, you need to go to the source: the paper itself. In April 2014, the Federal Government’s Anti-Dumping Commission announced it would investigate the alleged … Continue reading

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Golden Kiwi

Barry and I left for the church right away. A reader had called to tell us that a woman from Tuatapere had won a million bucks in the Golden Kiwi. This news was astonishing but to top it all off, … Continue reading

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Asset stripping: the end of subbing

There is only one destination left for subeditors on newspapers now and that destination is extinction. At many Fairfax, News Corp and APN newspapers, subeditors have been outsourced (2007 onwards to Pagemasters), they have been offshored (2012 onwards to Fairfax … Continue reading

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RIP Age print plant at Tullamarine

Late one Friday night, almost exactly a year ago, I watched the gigantic web offset Manroland presses roll at The Age’s exquisite print plant at Tullamarine. I arrived at the end of the first edition broadsheet run and watched the … Continue reading

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I buried the lead

In August 1975, Rupert Murdoch launched a racy tabloid in Melbourne. The Daily Truth was a family-friendly version of News Limited’s twice-weekly rag The Truth. It was printed and published, at 402 La Trobe Street, by a Mr Keith Linden … Continue reading

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