Category Politics

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Social media, bloggers, pollies and journos and The Rise of the Fifth Estate

For over 200 years now, the news media has been described as the fourth estate. You know the drill: once, there was the clergy, there was the nobility, and there was the common people, but only journalists could be relied upon to serve as the guardians of the naked truth. With a steady fearless resolve, […]

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A waltz on the wild side: New Matilda, independent media and the public interest

When New Matilda shut up shop two years ago, a lot of people thought it spelt the end of a diversified independent media in Australia. It was perilous out there. This town is only big enough for one player – namely, Crikey – its closure seemed to suggest. Others disagreed. But no sooner had New Matilda closed down […]