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Newspaper's golden age

19 December 2008 | Moira Rayner
Fairfax logoIt is apparently old-fashioned to expect to be primarily informed and engaged by a newspaper, yet that is what Melburnians loved about The Age. As a one-time Age columnist, I came in — and went out — at the turning point for that once venerable organ.

Australia's dubious common ground with India

13 November 2008 | Kimberley Layton

Press FreedomIndia is very proud of the fact that it is one of the few Asian examples of a deeply rooted democratic system. Just ask them about it - they'll tell you. Australians too seem quietly smug. So it's surprising that we rank only 28th in the 2008 Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index.

The unreal news in detail about Britt Lapthorne

29 October 2008 | Jill Sutton
Brit LapthorneThe sacking of Croation police chief Ivan Kresicin has seen Britt Lapthorne returned to newspaper headlines once again. Despite our burgeoning information technology, we are still putty in the hands of those who give us the details they choose about what is happening in the world.

Indonesia's lax logo laws

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10 October 2008 | Dewi Anggraeni

home-roasted coffee beans, Flickr image by sean dreilingerGrowers of Kopi Gayo coffee in Aceh highland can no longer use the name they've used for generations, since a Dutch firm claimed Gayo coffee as its trademark. Intellectual property rights are not a high priority for Indonesian authorities.

Economic logic will protect Fairfax quality

01 September 2008 | Chris McGillion
FairfaxMarket realities demand corporate managers do not trash the 'brand'. The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Financial Review are respected brands because they contain quality reporters and commentators.

Henson nudes not 'revolting', but demand reflection

02 June 2008 | Andrew Hamilton
HensonThe controversy surrounding art photographer Bill Henson's images of nude pubescent children reveals how strongly in our culture runs anxiety about child abuse. As a media event his art has been confused with the commercial exploitation of children.

Al-Jazeera suffers both US and Arab hostility

13 December 2007 | Michael Mehr
Al JazeeraAt al-Jazeera's Doha newsroom, employees are reminded that the channel must show 'the opinion and the opposite opinion'. Arab governments are not amused, and many have closed its bases in their territories. Yet Foxtel and other major providers in Australia and the US still decline to carry al-Jazeera.

The fatality equation: death in Minnesota, death in Iraq

05 September 2007 | Kylie Baxter and Rebecca Barlow
The fatality equation: death in Minnesota, death in IraqLast month, 13 people died in the Mississippi River collapse. On the same day in Iraq, a suicide bomber killed 14 when he drove an explosive laden car into a line of police. Media coverage suggests a disproportionate amount of Australian grief was directed towards the US victims.

Spreading the word

18 May 2007 | Tony Malkovic
Tony Malkovic investigates an Australian Christian broadcasting service into the Asia-Pacific

Alan Jones and the power of one

16 April 2007 | Morag Fraser
Alan JonesJones' reflexes on air are assertive and territorial. A 'power of one' he may be, but he also makes a powerful appeal to the tribal in all of us. When we retreat into the tribe we lose the chance to experience of the kindness of strangers.

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