How journalism works: Sex, lies and voice recorders

How journalism works: Sex, lies and voice recorders

News Ltd excelled itself this weekend with a piece of journalistic sleight-of-hand designed to deceive readers in the quest for more website clicks. The story – Erotic dancers at charity launch for sick kids – first appeared on the front page of the NT News and their website. It wasn’t long before other websites in the News Ltd group picked up on the story’s “click potential.

Capital punishment: why using random capitals is a crime!

Capital punishment: why using random capitals is a crime!

capital lettersAgh – few things annoy my linguistic sensibilities more than random capitalisation. Sure, misplaced apostrophes are probably a greater grammatical blot on the language landscape, but the capitalisation of words is more irritating because of its intentional nature. I’m currently editing and rewriting the copy on a massive IT website and still come across examples of nail-on-blackboard level irritation.

News manipulation: The impartiality dilemma

News manipulation: The impartiality dilemma

Three wise monkeysIn their efforts to avoid accusations of bias, the modern news media has become more biased and more distorted than ever before. A perfect example of this ‘biased impartiality’ occurred this morning on Channel Seven’s revamped Sunrise program.

Comedy as art

Comedy as art

Steptoe and SonComedy writing has always had a harder time finding legitimacy than other forms – television comedy even more so. Different writing genres have always been prone to elitism and arbitrary labels of legitimacy or triviality, which seems a mite unfair when we look for genuine artistry.

Writing comedy: killing the frog

Writing comedy: killing the frog

I grew up with a deep love for the old-school comedy acts. I sometimes feel I should have been born twenty years earlier so I could be sat in the audience at the London Hippodrome or the Palladium to watch the variety bills that were so popular in the ’50s where so many of these performers honed their acts.