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A sad day for the ABC August 19, 2011

Posted by Amanda in Australia, Media, Radio, Television.

It might seem strange to shed tears for someone you’ve never met, or met only briefly, but I’m sure I’m not the only person at the ABC who’s done that today.

This morning we heard about the deaths of Paul Lockyer, Gary Ticehurst and John Bean, and this evening the passing of Ian Carroll. I met Paul Lockyer a couple of times when I worked in NewsCAFF (News and Current Affairs) management in Sydney. He wouldn’t have remembered me, but my impressions married with the tributes that have been paid to him today – warm, approachable, a real people person. Although I don’t think I met any of the other three veteran ABC’ers who died today, I had certainly heard of them.
At the ABC we often joke about collegiality – it’s only one of our four key values, but it’s the one everyone remembers. Sometimes it’s thrown into a conversation when helping someone out, other times it’s used with a wry tone. But on days like these, it’s brought home that through the budget constraints, attacks by critics and challenges of working in a broadcasting bureaucracy, we really are all in this together.
For many of us, working at the ABC is a source of pride both in what we do and how we do it, and in being a part of one of the most respected Australian institutions. That pride binds us through triumphs and tragedies. I’m glad to be part of the ABC family today but I also shed tears for members of that family who I never knew but whose work is a shining example of what we want the ABC to be.

Wake up October 21, 2007

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This is currently my favourite Youtube video

Photos of “Pumpkin” September 18, 2007

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Now that the little girl dumped at a Melbourne train station has been identified, shouldn’t the media be obscuring her face?

If she is a victim of a crime then her face should not be shown- isn’t that the law?

Falling in lamb September 18, 2007

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Those people at Meat and Livestock Australia really know their stuff when it comes to advertising- or at least they have employed people who do.

I thought the Sam Kekovich ad was great but the new ad “Falling in Lamb” is even better.

Just in case you have missed it so far, it is an ad in the style of a movie trailer for a romantic comedy. The thing that makes it so good is that the casting, music and scripting is perfect. It is indistinguishable from a genuine movie trailer.

If only all Australian advertising could be this good.

Audio content on newspaper sites. September 17, 2007

Posted by Amanda in Media, Radio, Television.
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Newspaper sites everywhere are adding video and audio content to their websites. We are able to access mini television news bulletins, commentaries and of course the now all too common Youtube funnies.

These news organisations are attempting to claw back some market share as their hard copy circulation keeps dropping and this is a good way to offer up an interactive component that allows users to access broadcast and print versions of the same news item.

But while the online papers have realised that their audience responds to audio and video content, all too often they do not bother to make this content of the same quality as television and radio broadcasts. It seems that the print journos are just told to go and put down a voicer for their story and yet these writers are not given any voice or camera training. The result is of a quality akin to community television and radio.

If these news organisations want their content to be taken seriously, their journalists are going to have to become tri-media experts and not just writers with a microphone.

Summer Heights High September 5, 2007

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Chris Lilley is back to his best in the first episode of Summer Heights High. Each character is so well crafted that it is easy to forget that they are all played by the same actor.

The problem is that in this program, the characters are a little too authentic. Anyone who has been a high school teacher would almost have to watch this show through their fingers because it is all a bit painful to watch. The taunting of teachers by students rubs close to the bone and brings back some uncomfortable memories.

It all makes me shudder and reminds me clearly why I got out of teaching.

Writer or journalist September 4, 2007

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I’ve been thinking about journalism- can’t think why?

I can’t help but notice that there are two types of journalists. There are those who want to be writers- they say they want to write for a living and see journalism as a way of doing this. Of course they are more likely to go into print journalism but I think that sometimes they find the environment a difficult one because their love is of words and not necessarily the story.

The other sort of journalist just loves knowing things first and being the one to tell others. These are the news junkies who live for the novelty. During a crisis or disaster, they wait with bated breath for the new developments. The newsroom is the only place they can confess that they wish the floods up the road were a bit closer. Along with the shock, fear or disgust at a developing story, there is exhilaration and adrenalin.

The writer journalist and the news junkie journalist both have their place but it would be interesting to know which are more inclined to leave the profession and pursue other paths. For me, I know that I can’t imagine enjoying a workplace more than a newsroom or studio when a story is breaking.

Costello v the journalists August 15, 2007

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Who has more to lose in this?

The journalists need their reputation to be able to do their jobs- a politician doesn’t.

Costello can just keep claiming that he never said it and eventually it will blow over- there may be consequences down the track, or there may not.

It is a grave accusation to say that the journalists are lying- look at what happened at the BBC over the whole David Kelly affair.

The journalists should probably have published two years ago or let sleeping dogs lie but now it is out there, I am more inclined to believe them.

Who needs the Chaser? August 7, 2007

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The Chaser had better watch out- Bill Heffernan is threatening to steal their thunder.

He interrupted another press conference today- this time it was Northern Territory Indigenous leaders that he tried to heckle. But they were having none of it and told him so. Like any coward who picks on those weaker than him, it seems he backed down when challenged.

Doesn’t the government have enough problems at the moment without this buffoon trying out his bully boy tactics?

A Hicks by any other name July 27, 2007

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The charges against Mohammed Haneef have been dropped this afternoon. Ever since the information about the SIM card came out, it has been looking very dodgy.

It will now be interesting to see what happens with his visa cancellation. The government has to be aware of the fact that Haneef is quickly going to become like David Hicks in the public’s mind- he has been imprisoned on spurious charges and yet they don’t want to back down totally. 

One can’t help but feel sorry for the guy if indeed he only passed on his SIM on the basis that he didn’t need it anymore.

Any predictions?