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Francis James – the long stumble to freedom

On 16 January 1973 Australian Francis James emerged from three years’ imprisonment in Canton (now Guangzhou) with just a brief announcement from China to herald his expulsion to the border and into the waiting arms of Hong Kong and Australian officials. 803 more words

Hong Kong Deadline

Life On The Outside

I spent some time with a man who was recently released from jail after over 25 years for a murder he might not have committed. His name is Richard Lapointe, a simpleton with mental disabilities whose supporters say was not capable of pulling off the horrific crime years ago. 1,228 more words

Journalism

My ongoing struggle to make comments suck less

One of the most common four-word phrases in journalism (after “the CMS from hell”) must be “don’t read the comments.” A lot of newsrooms treat reader comments as the equivalent of the town dump: They’re something you need to have, and you want to spend as little time as possible there. 488 more words

Journalism

Closure of major intersection divides a Blue Mountains town.

Blue Mountains residents debate the closure of a major road in downtown Springwood but it seems no one has a solution.

Residents of the Blue Mountains town of Springwood are locked in a heated debate with residents and business owners clashing over the closure of the intersection of the Great Western Highway and Macquarie Road. 531 more words

Blue Mountains

A new TV concept for NCTJ law students?

If this week’s Essential Media Law and Court Reporting exams were a TV programme it would be called, ‘Defamation, Defamation, Defamation’.

Fortunately it was something I had studied well as there were two compulsory questions and one optional one on it. 187 more words

NCTJ

Facebook Fallacies: Skinhead Gangs, White Privilege, the Apocalypse & the NFL

Facebook is a breeding ground for stupidity, ignorance and subtle (sometimes overt) racism and prejudice. Since shaming is a good way to get people to change, let’s call them out on their BS. 1,517 more words

Journalism

Not the headline one hopes for - Migrant workers, 'trespassing', and Qatar's BBC own goal

A communicator’s job (or part of at the very least) is to generate headlines. Preferably favorable headlines. But even the best of intentions can often come undone. 651 more words

Journalism