Here’s my latest at AusVotes 2013… Modern journalism is impoverished by the anachronistic need to be first. Once upon a time, in the pre-internet days of the mechanical printing press and morning edition newspapers, there was real value in getting a story first. A scoop, leak or exclusive wasn’t just about journalistic cachet, it was […]

Here’s my latest post for the AusVotes 2013 federal election blog… The most significant thing that emerged from the mea culpas and post mortems that littered the coup-that-wasn’t battlefield was the notion that journalists are willing to be made patsys. What other explanation can there be for the role the media played in the Rudd camp’s most […]

I’ve written before about the Canberra Press Gallery’s changes of heart when it comes to Tony Abbott. Back in October last year, I pondered whether the tide was beginning to turn when a slew of serious journalists simultaneously started to question the ongoing viability of the Opposition Leader’s negativity and policy free zone. While Abbott’s […]

My life has always involved words: I was a bookish adolescent, a competitive high school public speaker, did an English double major at uni, worked as a public relations consultant, a media adviser, a lobbyist, and now a professional writer and amateur blogger. I’d always assumed journalists were equally driven by words, but now I […]

Here’s my latest piece at The King’s Tribune I must have missed that moment when we relinquished our brains. You know, that moment when we scooped out the gelatinous orbs that give us independent thought and popped them into a bin for collection. That didn’t happen, you say? Well then, did I miss the zombie […]

It might come as a surprise to anyone who hasn’t done so, to learn that people who run major companies are not always the equivalent of Darth Vader or Ebenezer Scrooge. Not all CEOs of major corporations, not even most of them, hatch plots to rob their employees of wages and entitlements, develop strategies to […]

In retrospect, it seemed a little weird. Twitter reported on Friday night that people were queued almost down to Darling Harbour for a sold-out Sydney Writers’ Festival event in the Town Hall titled “Can’t be that hard”. Judging by the tweet-stream, the literati had been joined by the online commentariat and other political junkies to hear […]

“While it’s all very well to say political private lives should stay private, we need to stop glossing over the fact that infidelity involves a great deal of lying and the breaking of a profound commitment.” Here’s my piece on this touchy subject, published today at The Hoopla.

And so, with the demise of 6.30 with George Negus, Australia’s dirtiest secret has been exposed. There’s no longer any point denying it, now the courageous programming innovation featuring the moustachioed one has come to an end. The evidence is clear: we’re a country of Philistines who couldn’t give two hoots about serious news and […]

I’ve lodged a comment today on Greg Jericho’s latest interesting piece at The Drum about privacy and freedom to comment. My reason for doing so is the confusion that seems to have arisen about whether online commenters should register with a credit card. I recall discussing this with both Greg and Jonathan Green at The […]