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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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Royalty: the ‘economic arrangements’ behind a book

American writer Grace Paley says that trivial work ignores the two facts that make a story “interesting to adults”. Paley’s facts are money and blood, in that order. “That is – everybody continues on this earth by courtesy of economic … 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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Ten things you should know about the future of journalism

List operators Columbia Journalism Review’s recent feature on “modern-day newsrooms” opened in BuzzFeed’s American head office. BuzzFeed is known for its viral content: cat videos, amusing lists and more. “The 100 most important dog photos of all time” was one headline … Continue reading

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Farewell to the land of newspapers

  ‘This is essentially the land of newspapers,” wrote journalist and flaneur Richard Twopeny in Townlife in Australia (1883). “Nearly everybody can read, and nearly everybody has the leisure to do so … the proportion of the population who can … Continue reading

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STOP PRESS: sources

My first book, ‘The Parihaka Album: lest we forget‘ (Huia, 2009) had hundreds of footnotes, a 15-page ‘select bibliography’ and an index. My second book, ‘Stop Press: the last days of newspapers‘ (Scribe, 2013) has none of the architecture of … Continue reading

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Blink

The publicist called. She said Jane Hutcheon from ABC News 24 wanted to interview me on her show on Friday night. Could I ring Jane to discuss? The publicist was very pleased. My book had come out four days earlier. … Continue reading

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