Prakky’s pick: Top sources of Australian media news

I recently wrote about the importance of having a good media distribution list and the importance of keeping up with changes in the media industry. I thought it would be useful to share some sources of news on Australia’s journalism industry (in no particular order):

The Australian – Media
A feature of every Monday print edition of The Australian since I can remember, Media publishes “the latest media news” and includes columns and Media Diary, a selection of snippets that is part business update, part breathless gossip. You can also subscribe to media email updates.

Media Week
Self-described as a “trade journal for the media covering newspapers, magazines, TV, digital, radio, outdoor advertising and entertainment media”. You can subscribe to daily Media Week emails which contain a handy list format of headlines. A lot of this relates to TV ratings and program announcements, but it can also include journalist movements.

Download This Show
An ABC Radio National show and podcast, Download This Show explores “the latest in technology, social media, consumer electronics, digital culture and more”. I enjoy listening via podcast, and find that host Marc Fennell occasionally has mainstream media guests. More broadly, it’s instructive to listen to the tech and digital culture guests, who often make up a panel for the entire 29-minute show.

Fourth Estate – 2SER 107.3 Sydney
This is “journalists talking journalism”. While Fourth Estate airs in Sydney on Thursdays 6:30pm, you can listen to select shows via its podcast. Producer Olivia Rosenman is a regular on Download This Show. As an example of its topics, in September a panel of journos discussed the Federal Government’s media reform bill.

A media industry stalwart, Mumbrella is “everything you need to know under the media & marketing umbrella” and includes news and opinion pieces, including this recent excellent piece on PR measurement It’s also often a lot of fun.

B&T online “focuses on delivering daily intelligence on the marketing, media and advertising industries within Australia and further afield”. It also has six print editions a year. The media news tends to be about the big brands, with a TV entertainment focus.

Media Week in InDaily
I really dig this South Australian online news outlet, especially its occasional Media Week column when it delves into local media news.

Media Watch, ABC TV
As the name suggests, Media Watch keeps a watch over news media practices. Described as “Australia’s leading forum for media analysis and comment” it airs on Monday evenings but of course can be found on ABC iView and has good social media channels. Media Watch stories can often spark ongoing debate about journalistic practices, ethics in media, and occasionally looks at PR practices.

Red Ink
The new kid on the block, Red Ink was launched by Nine in October 2017. In its announcement, said “Each week we’ll unpack the manoeuvres and machinations both hitting the headlines and behind the scenes of the media world”. It’s written by Miranda Ward, formerly of Mumbrella.



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