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Stop Press shortlisted for labour history prize

I just found out that my book, Stop Press: the last days of newspapers, was shortlisted for the inaugural Bert Roth Award for excellence in labour history. The award, set up by the Labour History Project, honours the memory of … Continue reading

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The challenge to perform (for Greg Dening)

In early 2001, I spent three weeks in Canberra on a visiting scholars program at Australian National University. ‘The Challenge to Perform’ was run by historian and anthropologist Greg Dening (b. 1931, d.2008). I was one of a dozen people … 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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PAColl-7327-1-039-03 Acknowledgment

The image at the top of this blog is a slice of an exquisite 1959 photograph of four women reading The Evening Post. The Post was a lively afternoon newspaper published in Wellington, New Zealand from 1865 until 2002.  After … Continue reading

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Magic mushrooms

Gill Shadbolt sat at her desk, her Remington pushed to one side. She wore a baggy purple T-shirt, a baggy cardigan and black jeans. She had short, grey hair and big glasses. The edges of the frames were rounded like … Continue reading

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