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Media Files

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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 ki… read more

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Internet sabbaths and surveillance capitalism in the COVID-19 era: William Powers on what's changed since Hamlet’s Blackberry

September 30th, 2020


COVID-19 has affected our relationship with technology in many ways, from the pleasures of mass online …

'Suck it and see’ or face a digital tax, former ACCC boss Allan Fels warns Google and Facebook

August 26th, 2020


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 …

Media Files: Media companies are mad as hell at tech giants and don't want to take it anymore. But what choice do they have?

November 11th, 2019

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 - …

Media Files: investigative journalist Bastian Obermayer, who led the Panama Papers tax exposé

September 19th, 2019

The Panama Papers was the biggest-ever collaboration for investigative journalism, involving 400 journalists in 80 countries who collectively …

Media Files: Washington Post weather editor Jason Samenow on how weather coverage is evolving – and building audience growth

July 4th, 2019

The world's weather is changing and the media needs to keep up. Flickr/Shannon Dizmang, CC BY

When he founded the blog 15 years ago …

Media Files: Australians' trust in news media is falling as concern over 'fake news' grows

June 20th, 2019

The report found that Australian news consumers access news less often and have lower interest in it compared to citizens in many other countries. …

Media Files: Investigative reporter Louise Milligan on Cardinal Pell and redactions in the Royal Commission's report

June 4th, 2019

David Crosling/AAP

Cardinal George Pell’s appeal against child sexual assault convictions kicks off this week, but when …

Media Files: Facebook's Mia Garlick on #Ausvotes2019 and how Australian MPs use social media

May 13th, 2019

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 …

Media Files: Investigative journalist Adele Ferguson on the 'disappointing' banking royal commission and how she works with whistleblowers

April 23rd, 2019

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 …

PODCAST: Pell trial reporters, a judge and a media lawyer on why the suppression order debate is far from over

March 21st, 2019

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 …

Media Files: Covering Trump, funding news and the rise of impunity. The Guardian's Kath Viner on the big media stories of 2018

December 6th, 2018

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 …

Media Files: What does the future newsroom look like?

November 1st, 2018

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 …

Media Files: Guardian Australia's Katharine Murphy and former MP David Feeney on the digital disruption of media and politics

October 10th, 2018

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: ABC boss Michelle Guthrie sacked, but the board won’t say why

September 24th, 2018

Former ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie looking toward a different future earlier this year at the ABC's first Annual Public Meeting. JOEL …

Media Files: On the Serena Williams cartoon -- and how the UK phone hacking scandal led to a media crackdown in South Africa

September 19th, 2018

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 …

Media Files: Spotlight's Walter V. Robinson and the Newcastle Herald's Chad Watson on covering clergy abuse - and the threats that followed

September 5th, 2018

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 …

Media Files: What does the Nine Fairfax merger mean for diversity and quality journalism?

August 31st, 2018

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 …

Media Files: a new podcast from The Conversation

August 24th, 2018


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, …

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