Archive for the ‘Media’ Category

Google News’ ego dent

Like most journalists and news junkies, I’m a big fan of Google News, but for a search-oriented service, it has a fairly serious flaw: it doesn’t seem to reliably index bylines, making it virtually useless as a means of ego surfing for us writer types. I’ve had an alert set up for months now to […]

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Net-ignorant subbing

We allegedly live in a society where the Internet is taken for granted, but sub-editors on mainstream magazines still seem to struggle with such simple concepts as making sure the right URLs are included. Trivial case in point: in the Sunday magazine in today’s Sunday Telegraph, which I’ve just read in the Sydney Qantas Club, […]

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The view from the 14th floor

As I predicted last week, I didn’t win the Most Entertaining Writer category at the Consensus IT Writers Awards — that honour went to a much better article by Ian Yates. It was a great awards evening though, held at the Buena Vista restaurant on the 14th floor of the Supreme Court, and hence the […]

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The question of self-printed boarding passes

When I fly domestically, it tends to be with Qantas — more flights, access to Qantas Club lounges, decent fares if you book a few weeks in advance, and generous swathes of Frequent Flyer points. Nonetheless, I occasionally end up travelling with Virgin Blue, especially if it’s a late notice junket and the company paying […]

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They phunked with my heart

IT journalists rate pretty low on the social scale, so it’s no surprise that most of the time we feel like pond scum. But it was hard not to feel a little bit elite at last night’s Motorola’s ROKR launch, which featured the Black Eyed Peas in a ludicrously exclusive concert for 400 or so […]

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The perils of quotation

When I’m interviewing someone in my professional life, I make a point of either recording the conversation or taking copious notes. This ensures that the information I utilise is fairly accurate. Because blog entries are often inspired by random conversations, I’m not necessarily going to have those kinds of notes or recordings — which is […]

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The INXS backlash

With all the hoopla surrounding INXS’ recent televised search for a lead singer on Rock Star — a search that’s now concluded with JD Fortune joining the band — it was only a matter of time before someone dug up a comment from Jon Stevens, the former Noiseworks singer who worked with INXS for three […]

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Tech confessions of a junket whore

My reputation as an excessively well-travelled journalist/junket whore (delete as you see fit) continues to flourish. In a recent posting on his blog, Dan Warne (news and features editor at APC and one of the people who keeps me in gainful freelance employment) opens a discussion of how he’s been making use of the latest […]

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Big bucks for Bec’s baby

When I spotted this week’s cover for Woman’s Day, I immediately thought “something’s going on here”. Personally I’m not that fussed about the rushed engagement, Opera House marriage and sudden pregnancy of Bec Cartwright and Lleyton Hewitt, but clearly it helps shift the trash mags. To date, the Hewitts have sold a series of “exclusives” […]

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Sex beats blogging every time

I commented earlier this month that bloggers tend to wildly overestimate their influence. Proof of sorts comes from a recent Media Guardian story about a survey of UK taxi drivers, hairdressers and bar staff. Only 30 per cent had heard of blogging, and just 10 per cent were aware of podcasting. Conversely, 40 per cent […]

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