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Is there anyone left at Fairfax to do the editing?

Is there anyone left at Fairfax to do the editing?

Alan DaviesApr 14, 20166 Comments

Fairfax ran an article on High Speed Rail yesterday that shouldn’t have survived even a basic credibility test. It's as if all those who used to do the sub-editing have been 'let go'

Who's had enough of Fairfax clickbait?

Who's had enough of Fairfax clickbait?

Alan DaviesMar 21, 20168 Comments

Fairfax readers don't like clickbait and some are cancelling their digital subscriptions. Their choice, but I'm keeping mine because digital media like The Age and SMH still provide a valuable service

Surely the media can do better than this?

Surely the media can do better than this?

Alan DaviesFeb 11, 201616 Comments

The relentlessly negative way the mainstream media presented the Andrews Governmen's planned 'sky train' highlights the immense power it has to shape the way policy is made

Damming an urban river for a damn motorway? Seriously?

Damming an urban river for a damn motorway? Seriously?

Alan DaviesDec 18, 20156 Comments

'River may be dammed for new tollway' says The Age. Either Victoria's Andrews Government has jumped the shark after just one year in office or Fairfax is getting further and further out of its depth

Should the walls come down at the (North Fitzroy) Star hotel?

Should the walls come down at the (North Fitzroy) Star hotel?

Alan DaviesDec 16, 20151 Comment

Residents are increasingly looking to state and local government planners to protect a hard-to-define ambience or a special quality that’s come about serendipitously rather than by design

Do the Walkleys promote hard-nosed policy debate?

Do the Walkleys promote hard-nosed policy debate?

Alan DaviesDec 7, 20153 Comments

The Walkleys capture a view of journalism that's extraordinarily important but it's not the only one. The Awards could do more to encourage journalists to analyse "boring" policy issues

Cities: what's the responsibility of the media?

Cities: what's the responsibility of the media?

Alan DaviesNov 10, 20152 Comments

It's great that Fairfax is actively promoting discussion about cities and putting new information in the public realm; but with that goes a responsibility to ensure the input is useful and relevant

Do a third of Melbourne workers really commute by public transport?

Do a third of Melbourne workers really commute by public transport?

Alan DaviesJul 8, 20153 Comments

Half of all commuters in Sydney and more than a third in Melbourne travel to their job by public transport according to The Age. Sounds wonderful, but unfortunately Fairfax got it wrong

Is the press giving readers unbiased news?

Is the press giving readers unbiased news?

Alan DaviesMay 16, 201310 Comments

The East-West Link promoted by Tony Abbott and Dennis Napthine looks questionable, but the media should promote debate on its merits not pedal equally doubtful arguments on the front page

Is 'device distraction' a major cause of serious road casualties?

Is 'device distraction' a major cause of serious road casualties?

Alan DaviesMay 6, 20134 Comments

Smartphones and electronic devices are often cited as a major cause of car crashes. But is that a media invention? Does it distract attention from more important causes of road casualties?