In the era of fake news, who would want to be a political reporter?

And is fake news even a thing in Australia? SKY NEWS political editor and Walkley winner David Speers didn't hold back in his 2017 Press Freedom Australia Dinner speech tonight. "I was asked to speak tonight about political reporting in the era of 'fake news'," he began. "It seems to be the i ...

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Press freedom is under attack, not least in Australia

Mike Dobbie reports. It says: “Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some assembly required.” When this t-shirt re-appeared at a Trump rally last November, there were reports that it had been quickly withdrawn from sale. Not so. For just $29 plus shipping it can still be yours via a San Francisco-based onl ...

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Top political reporter to talk journalistic integrity and Trump at April Press Freedom Australia Dinner

Journalists’ fight against fake news and ‘alternative facts’ is the focus for the 2017 Press Freedom Australia dinner, to be held in Sydney on April 28. Sky News political editor David Speers will be the guest speaker at this year’s event, following in the footsteps of previous speakers including ...

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Six places where journalists are worse off than in Australia, and one bright spot

“There is no doubt journalism in Australia has been under attack,” writes Walkley Trustee Michael Janda, an ABC journalist. He cites falling profits, budget cuts and often inept management that have denuded our newsrooms of some of their finest storytellers and investigators; new platforms eating up ...

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In Timor-Leste, hurt feelings could land journalists in jail

Timor-Leste faces a testing period for press freedom in the lead-up to next year's presidential and parliamentary elections, writes Mark Skulley. The government of Timor-Leste said all the right things in marking World Press Freedom Day on May 3. It issued a statement noting that press freedo ...

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Encrypt everything: secure your sources, cover up your comms

Digital journalism brings both opportunities and dangers to those seeking to break sensitive stories. With this in mind Gabor Szathmari, the organiser of CryptoParty Sydney meetups and an information security expert, provided us with an overview on securing our communications: notes below from The W ...

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