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Hey Girl, we’re better than that

Hey Girl, we're better than that
By Rachael Hocking Most internet users know what a meme is. The widely circulated pictures, often with captions, can be used in humorous, intelligent or downright offensive ways. The media has been steadfast in picking up on this phenomenon....

IPA thought bubble leaves ABC loyals in the cold

By Cameron Magusic Another week, another chance for everybody’s mates at the right-wing think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs, to declare their unrelenting rage for the ABC. We can guess their contempt for anything publicly-owned...

Kevin Rudd for marriage equality.

Kevin Rudd for marriage equality.
Tara- Jade Amici Good old Kevin Rudd has announced a change in his position on same-sex marriages in a blog post on Monday night and now throws support behind the union of same-sex couples. This comes as a shock considering Rudd has...

Political reporters trump twitter

Political reporters trump twitter
Disgraced former Speaker, Peter Slipper (Tramway_John, Flickr) By Rachel Baxendale As someone who soon hopes to find a job as a paid journalist, I was gratified earlier this week when the Canberra Press Gallery managed to do what it’s...

Gillard gets global cred, but local press is not impressed

Gillard gets global cred, but local press is not impressed
By Hannah Francis The world was watching this week as our Prime Minister Julia Gillard delivered an epic attack on Opposition Leader Tony Abbott. The 15-minute video, in which she calls him a misogynist and a hypocrite, went viral...

Media and Social Responsibility

Media and Social Responsibility
Image of ABC News Footage By Branka Milovic The meaning of media and journalism as the fourth estate has evolved with the times but has it grown into an ugly monster? When it comes to being socially responsible about what is published,...

There’s a difference between being sexist and being a douche.

There's a difference between being sexist and being a douche.
I think the media may have confused sexism with’douchism’ this week. What is douchism? It’s when one acts like a complete an utter douchebag. Which is what a lot of our public figures have been doing over the past...

Let’s celebrate Julia’s speech, not bring it down

Let's celebrate Julia's speech, not bring it down
By Cathy Culliver Like many, many people around Australia, I was pretty chuffed with Julia Gillard’s speech against Tony Abbott and his misogyny. And I definitely wasn’t alone in wanting to punch the air and shout “hell...

Pope or prime minister? Marr doesn’t pull any punches about the past

Pope or prime minister? Marr doesn't pull any punches about the past
Cauliflower ears: the mad monk as a mad boxer, Oxford University circa 1970s. Source: Herald Sun By Tom Maddocks “The loudmouth bigot of his university days, the homophobe, the blinkered Vatican warrior, the rugger-bugger,...

Journalists need more punch

Journalists need more punch
By Daniella White It was one of those moments that lit up social media. Much ridicule was sent Tony Abbott’s way. Most bar a few of his most loyal media supporters accepted its hilarity. It was the moment Tony Abbott was actually...