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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Inside Fairfax

Stumbled across this tonight - Fairfax Australia staff have become a little peeved at recent downsizing, and are now offering their insights into life within Fairfax. They are aiming to provide an alternative means of finding out what is going on - rather than being fed the investor-focused Kool Aid.

Should be interesting to see how long this site lasts...

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Posted by Bernard Woolley | 11/13/2005 11:01:00 pm


Blogger Phil said...

I've always associated Fairfax Oz with the Sydney Morning Herald & Melbourne's The Age. Both (online versions) usually publish tripe - notable redeeming feature is SMH's RugbyHeaven section (& Miranda Devine). As with the downward fortunes of the NYTimes, Boston Globe, etc, I won't shed a tear as another leftist edifice crumbles.

11/14/2005 12:32:00 am  
Blogger darren said...

Fairfax Oz owns Fairfax NZ.
The business mag I work for is technically part of Fairfax Oz, though I am based in Auckland.
Joblosses are not to be celebrated, particulalrly by the right.
It leaves newsrooms more reliant on press releases and government spin, or the spin of other news outlets. There is no time for any kind of investigation.
Attacking the pay and conditions of journos is not good either.
The more moderate or even right-of-centre journos tend to be more money orientated so will leave, thus leaving the more ideological and left-wing journos behind.
If the top bosses are lining their pockets while cutting staff, it fuels more of a pro-left 'us and them' attitude, even among the apolitical; again something not conducive to promoting right-wing thought.
However, Phil, the blogger Crikey recently reported that the new Fairfax management was keen to get rid of 'left' journos.
The Bulletin magazine also reported that Fairfax now realises in Australia, at least, that it is out of step with public opinion. It has been at the 'wrong side of history', it noted. Australia votes Liberal/National and the papers either back Labor or sit on the fence. Thus, it is out of tune with its own readers and thus loses them.
So let us see what happens. But do not celebrate joblosses of journalists.

11/14/2005 11:52:00 am  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

How strange they're using a proper domain name and hosting company. Why not use a blogspot blog?

11/14/2005 06:51:00 pm  
Blogger Ashley Clarkson said...

Possibly because they consider themselves more likely to be taken seriously with a domain based blog than a blogspot one (no offence intended to blogspot bloggers, of course).

11/14/2005 08:16:00 pm  
Blogger Bernard Woolley said...

ah but it also risks legal challenges...

11/14/2005 11:13:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

So they're domain name snobs? If true that says alot about where they're coming from (nowhere good).

11/14/2005 11:20:00 pm  

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