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Media Files is produced by a team of journalist/academics who have spent decades working in and reporting on the media industry. They’re passionate about sharing their understanding of the media landscape, especially how media policy, commercial manoeuvres and digital disruption are affecting the kinds of media and journalism we consume. The media is evolving rapidly, as new platforms and trends come and go. As old media empires collapse, new ones are forming. But the need to protect diversi ...
 
The adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel ‘The War of The Worlds’ in 1938 showed the power of radio to capture listeners’ imagination through science-fiction - and in doing so demonstrated how mass media could be used to communicate science to different audiences. For decades, print and broadcast media have used different genres to portray the sciences, and the popularity of TV programmes like the BBC’s Blue Planet and the longevity of Horizon illustrates a current demand for science broadcasting. ...
 
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Shutterstock COVID-19 has affected our relationship with technology in many ways, from the pleasures of mass online choirs to the perils of the endless Zoom meetings rendering us “zoombies”. Connectivity is so hard-wired in our lives, many are re-assessing the virtues of being disconnected. Ten years ago, US journalist William Powers published Haml…
 
Have you used Google lately and been greeted by a yellow warning saying that the way Australians search on Google is under threat? To understand why these messages are appearing, Media Files interviewed former chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Professor Allan Fels, and CEO of the Public Interest Journalism Initiati…
 
Big Tech companies have built a better trap for profiting from consumers' attention than the traditional media can offer. Shutterstock Media companies around the world are in an existential funk. The tech giants - Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon - have built a better mousetrap for profiting from consumers’ attention than the traditional media ca…
 
The Panama Papers was the biggest-ever collaboration for investigative journalism, involving 400 journalists in 80 countries who collectively produced 6,000 stories in 100 different media outlets. Shutterstock Today on Media Files, a podcast on major themes and issues in the media, we meet Bastian Obermayer, the Pulitizer prize-winning journalist w…
 
AAP/EPA/JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE In a landmark report, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has urged the federal government to fix the uneven market power of digital companies like Facebook and Google that make it almost impossible for traditional media companies to compete for advertising and audiences. The Digital Platforms Inquiry re…
 
The world's weather is changing and the media needs to keep up. Flickr/Shannon Dizmang, CC BY When he founded the blog CapitalWeather.com 15 years ago in Washington DC, Jason Samenow was working for the US government as a climate change analyst. A full-time media career was probably the last thing on his mind. But the blog – which became known as t…
 
The report found that Australian news consumers access news less often and have lower interest in it compared to citizens in many other countries. Shutterstock On today’s episode, we hear from Caroline Fisher, an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Canberra and lead author of the 2019 Australian edition of the the Digital News Re…
 
David Crosling/AAP Cardinal George Pell’s appeal against child sexual assault convictions kicks off this week, but when that’s over Pell still has another reckoning to face: the unredacted findings of Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. When the royal commission handed down its massive report in late 2017, several s…
 
Facebook's Mia Garlick says, 'we're frequently seeing politicians use the Facebook Live tool to augment a press conference or to directly speak to voters about the issues of importance of the day.' AAP/MICK TSIKAS As we enter the final straight of the Australian election campaign, we ask you: how much of your information about the issues and the ca…
 
Adele Ferguson, the celebrated journalist who many credit as the driving force behind the banking royal commission, says that the commission 'didn't go anywhere near far enough.' KYM SMITH/AAP Today on Media Files, it’s journalism versus the big banks. We’re hearing from Adele Ferguson, the celebrated journalist who many credit as the driving force…
 
Today on Media Files we look at the suppression order that prevented the Australian media reporting the Pell case - and why rushing to judge-only criminal trials may be a mistake. AAP/PAUL TYQUIN When Judge Peter Kidd sentenced Cardinal George Pell last week, it was broadcast live on radio and television. It was a stark contrast to the preceding tr…
 
Perhaps readers want less on what Trump is saying and more on what his administration is doing. CHRISTIAN HARTMANN / POOL/EPA Today we’re taking a look back at some of the biggest issues of 2018 with special guest Kath Viner, editor-in-chief of The Guardian. As the media grappled this year with how to cover Donald Trump and his “alternative facts”,…
 
Alan Soon of Splice Media is promising a million dollars to give to start-ups to transform media in Asia. Shutterstock Today on Media Files, a podcast about the major themes and issues in the media, we’re looking at the future newsroom. We often hear about the doom and gloom of established media companies as they shed staff and revenues, but is the…
 
The advent of the internet has changed how politics and the media influence each other - and not always in a good way. AAP Image/Lukas Coch Today on Media Files, a podcast about the major issues in the media, we’re taking a close look at the role of the news media in politics. As the Wentworth by-election looms, we’re asking: is digital disruption …
 
Former ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie looking toward a different future earlier this year at the ABC's first Annual Public Meeting. JOEL CARRETT/AAP The major question following the sacking of ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie is why? Why did the ABC board move so decisively and why now? Was it just about tension between her and the co…
 
Serena Williams and Brian Earley at the US Open Grand Slam, 2018. AAP/Daniel Murphy Mark Knight’s cartoon in The Herald Sun has become a global topic of condemnation and debate because of its negative portrayal of American tennis player Serena Williams. It was widely described as racist. The news of the cartoon broke last week while we were both at…
 
Walter V. Robinson, the US investigative journalist who was portrayed by Michael Keaton in the film Spotlight, talks to Media Files about his team’s investigation into child abuse in the Catholic Church. EPA/ETTORE FERRARI/AAP If you’ve seen the movie Spotlight, about the Boston Globe investigative reporters who uncovered the staggering extent of c…
 
A merger between Nine and Fairfax was announced in July this year. AAP Image/Dean Lewins You don’t need to be a journalist or a news junkie to be affected by the media. Its enormous influence in shaping our culture, politics and society means we all have a stake in how it functions, who it serves and the way it’s changing. That’s why, today, we’re …
 
idea No matter what we read, watch or listen to, we’re all affected by the media and how it works. It shapes our culture, drives policy and politics, and is an essential part of a functioning democracy. But how is the media in Australia changing? And is the media getting it right? Media Files is a new monthly podcast, featuring discussion between m…
 
Welcome to this months Mazzula's Public Broadcasting System. As promised, leaving techno behind, this month heads into the murky corners of electronica and electro. It features new tracks from the likes of Umwelt, Cursor Minor and others as well as upfronts from Electrix. It's also 'Whip It' time, so have a good un peeps! Don't forget to send me yo…
 
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