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Pacquiao vs Mayweather Fight Captivates the World

The much-awaited ‘Fight of the Century’ between Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. finally happened on May 2, 2015 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It captured the interest of people not just in the Philippines, but across the globe, with celebrities and the 9-5 alike taking to social media in the lead up and following the event. (c) A couple of days before the boxing match, social media channels in the Philippines were already flooded with messages of good luck for Pacquiao. Neither of the two boxers were knocked out by the last... continue reading

Cut the clutter: Avoiding the lies, rumours and half truths when news monitoring

With more of an emphasis for mainstream journalists to get there first, rather than be correct, half truths and rumours can quickly escalate into what the wider world believes to be fact. Unfortunately, this is as much down to social media as it is any other platform. While tools such as Twitter, Vine and Instagram have effectively turned everyone into citizen journalists if they find themselves in the midst of a story, lies and misinformation are now just as easy to spread as the truth. Myths, lies and perpetuated rumours Research published by the Tow Centre for Digital Journalism - part of the University... continue reading

Size matters: TV watchers still actively seek out the biggest screen

Smartphones and tablets have changed the way that the average person on the street consumes media. The 'on the go' mentality has lead to more bite-sized reporting, which in turn is changing the way news organisations deliver content. While most phones have screens around the 5-inch mark - with some tablets hitting 10 inches - the distillation of information is not necessarily providing users with the most satisfactory experience. The bigger, the better Research from Nielsen, centred on demographics in New Zealand, found that over half (51 per cent) of people still think the biggest screen in their home is the best when... continue reading

Crikey Political Index 23– 29 Apr, 2015: All quiet on the fiscal front.

The killing of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran is dominating all news today, with Australia’s ambassador recalled, in an unprecedented step, and a fair degree of uncertainty about what the longer term ramifications for one of Australia’s most important relationships might be. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Shadow Foreign Minister Tanya Plibersek are expectedly high on this list. In other coverage, you would imagine press gallery journalists are not surprised at all that the lead up to this year’s federal budget seems far quieter than last year. There’s little to no strategic... continue reading

Live TV's news-agenda puts up a fight against on demand

The fluid nature of the modern world makes it incredibly difficult to get a fix of the latest and greatest TV shows without clearing the diary. Consequently, on demand services are more popular than ever before. Many would therefore believe it safe to assume that video on demand (VOD) is gaining traction and set to kill off traditional TV in the same way new media is supposedly setting about print? However, much like the misguided and premature funeral for print media, the decline of broadcast television is largely over-exaggerated. On demand services simply can't generate the same buzz as live, linear TV. There... continue reading

Meet Australia's social print audiences

Newspaper readers and social media users are not two different audiences. With the alleged divide growing between traditional and digital media, it can be easy to assume that consumers are splintering into two factions. However, a recent study from The Newspaper Works found this is just not true. Print media audiences are avid users of social media and vice-versa, as seen in the infographic segment tweeted out by Liquid Newsroom. What people think about media vs social audiences is a myth/ @NewspaperWorks — Liquid Newsroom (@StKonrath)... continue reading

Common misconceptions about media monitoring

There are many common misconceptions about media monitoring that need to be cleared up sooner rather than later to give your brand the best chance of positive PR. Rather than letting your company succumb to the myths and misinformation being spread around, here are three of the most prevalent misunderstandings and the fact behind the fiction: There's more to media monitoring than the digital platforms. Myth #1 - You only need digital While digital platforms are becoming more important to media monitoring, this is by no means the only area you need to be covering. Tweets, online newspapers and blogs are of... continue reading

Top five issues in the Australian media: 11-17 April, 2015

Deaths of cricket legend Richie Benaud and New South Wales teacher Stephanie Scott lead headlines Much-loved former Australian cricket captain and long-term commentator on the game Richie Benaud, whose calmly intoned insights were the introduction to the game for generations of Australians, passed away last weekend aged 84. Former Prime Minister John Howard described Benaud as an enthuasiast and a gentleman “in the proper sense of the word”, with tributes flowing in from around the world. Flags at the Sydney Cricket Ground, NSW Parliament and at the Sydney Harbour Bridge were... continue reading

Is social engagement more important than ratings?

Social media is becoming an essential part of television broadcasting, according to one of the UK's leading production companies. The team behind internationally successful programs such as The X Factor, Britain's Got Talent and American Idol has acknowledged that the level of social engagement that a show can achieve is now the most crucial indicator of that programs success. Fremantle Media's chief executive of digital and branded entertainment, Keith Hindle, told the Guardian this year that activity on sites like Twitter and Facebook have now become just as, if not more important, than actual viewing numbers. Mr... continue reading

Crikey Political Index 2 – 8 Apr, 2015: Dropped coverage across the board as Easter holiday sees politicians and media check out for chocolate

The four day Easter weekend has seen our weekly political coverage drop significantly from past weeks, with the New South Wales election falling by the wayside in its aftermath and the focus more evenly spread between State and Federal issues. Social Services Minister Scott Morrison was a big mover this week after calling for possible repercussions for parents receiving welfare benefits that opt-out of vaccinations for their kids; while ongoing coverage of the Moss Review into the Nauru detention centre has seen worsening allegations about the department of Immigration and Morrison’s... continue reading