Category: Conferences

The Internet isn’t the problem, the loss of the “story” is…. Freelancers and Media Business Models….

By Kate Doak.
By Kate Doak.

A few days ago, Andrew Stafford posted one hell of an interesting article on Mumbrella about freelance journalists and other content producers not getting paid for the material that they produce, by various media outlets.  Needless to say, it was fiery and gave me the general feeling that a river of blood had been created during its production, purely from the frustration of seeing hours of work being all for naught time after time, with only the hint of “exposure” being given as potential remuneration.

Photo of Mr Andrew Stafford, Courtesy of Mr Stafford and Mumbrella
Photo of Mr Andrew Stafford, Courtesy of Mr Stafford and Mumbrella

But why stop there? While I admit that it would be fun to grill both Crikey and MamaMia amongst others in-depth like Andrew has over their policies towards the remuneration of bloggers and various freelancers for their time, perhaps the way that some parts of the media treat casual employees (and how freelancers often view themselves and their work) can help explain why so many media companies worldwide are in the dismal states that they find themselves in.  As fanciful as this might sound, it’s a thought worth pursuing given some discussions that I’ve had with some Human Relations experts over the past few days.

During one such discussion, I had one of the aforementioned experts explain to me the intricacies of the “Personal Advertisement” and the impact that it can have on the way that people are not only viewed by others, but how they view themselves.  As simple as it sounds, the way that somebody (such as a freelance journalist) communicates with others either within their CV, story pitches or the first 30 seconds of encountering them in a public setting, can be the difference in whether they get work awarded to them or not.  Consequentially she said, if we don’t value ourselves as people and wear a uniform of confidence and honesty when we meet new people, then it will be impossible for them to trust and freely desire to engage financially with us.  Needless to say, that kind of got me wondering if the same thing could be said about the media industry as a whole, which would in turn explain why some media companies are thriving, while others are in dire financial trouble.

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God Save Our….. Tax Dollars? Senator Eggleston and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

By Kate Doak.
By Kate Doak.
Senator Mitch Fifield (Left) and Senator Alan Eggleston (Right).  Photo Courtesy of www.mitchfifield.com
Senator Mitch Fifield (Left) and Senator Alan Eggleston (Right). Photo Courtesy of www.mitchfifield.com

With all the news about strange travel claims being made by Australia’s politicians, one of the most princely claims that I’ve come across so far has been the one by Senator (Doctor) Alan Eggleston from the 2nd to the 10th of June last year in London.   Now as the ardent Monarchists amongst you will know, this was about the same time as the Queen’s Primary Diamond Jubilee celebrations last year.  From Dining with Royals through to partaking in Jubilee Celebrations and going to Lords Cricket Ground, the good Senator Eggleston had a particularly interesting trip to say the least.  This is further exemplified by the rest of his travel itinerary, part of which has been attached below.  While I’m not saying that Senator Eggleston has broken any rules, this particular trip is sufficiently strange enough to warrant further investigation.

Senator Eggleston - Sydney London-Sydney trip - 2/6/12 to 10/6/12 - Page 273 of Parliamentarian OST Report January to June 2012
Senator Eggleston – Sydney London-Sydney trip – 2/6/12 to 10/6/12 – Page 273 of Parliamentarian OST Report January to June 2012

 

 

Needless to say, the further that the Travel Claims scandal progresses in Parliament, the harder its going to be for an inquiry on the travel entitlements of politicians to be formed as numerous MPs and Politicians become tied up in it.  Consequentially, this sorry story could have a while to go yet before it runs out of steam.