Month: November 2012

No Crap App: w/b 19 Nov 2012

Rowe, AFR 21 Nov 2012

Malcolm and Kevin show

2013 election

Asylum seekers


No Crap App: w/b 12 Nov 2012

The week that was…

The Royal Commission was big news this week, with some suggesting the debate over the confessional was an unnecessary distraction. The Australian’s Paul Kelly criticised it for focussing only on institutionalised child abuse, when so much of it occurs within the home. Elsewhere, Irvine and Jericho did their best to improve our economic literacy, Dunlop and Green continued their dissection of the media, and some writers lifted their eyes past Christmas to the 2013 federal election. Also included is a longer read from Linda Jaivin on writing.

The economy

The Royal Commission

The 2013 election

The media

On writing

Sunday addition

No Crap App: w/b 5 Nov 2012

Meanwhile, Australian politics continued and some quality journalists kept their eye on the main game. Here’s the best of the week, plus a fabulous farewell piece from George Megalogenis.

No Crap App: 2012 Top 10

The first No Crap App weekly summary was published on 4 November 2011, and over the past 12 months has attracted a modest but loyal number of readers.

To note the passing of a year, I thought it would be interesting to identify the writers whose pieces have appeared most frequently in the weekly summaries. It’s best to keep in mind that the pieces were selected on my personal assessment of quality journalism/writing. So this is by no means an objective quantitative analysis!

Do the names in this list surprise you? Who else do you think should have made the 2012 Top Ten?

1. George Megalogenis, The Australian (38 articles)

2. Laura Tingle, Financial Review (35 articles)

3. Laurie Oakes, Daily Telegraph/The Punch (29 articles)

4. GrogsGamut/Greg Jericho, political blogger/The Drum (26 articles)

5. Paul Kelly, The Australian (24 articles)

5. Peter Brent, The Australian (24 articles)

7. Geoff Kitney, Financial Review (23 articles)

8. Shaun Carney, The Age (18 articles)

9. Michelle Grattan, The Age (17 articles)

9. Jonathan Green, ABC (17 articles)

No Crap App: w/b 29 Oct 2012

Pope, Canberra Times 1 Nov 2012

The week that was…

The week began with three competing political narratives: the revelations in Maxine McKew’s book, the launch of the government’s Asian Century white paper, and the second 50/50 Newspoll within two months.

Unsurprisingly, the press gallery’s attention moved swiftly from McKew to Abbott, particularly once it became clear he would ignore the white paper and press ahead with his “stop the tax, stop the boats” mantra. By week’s end, the gallery was openly wondering whether Abbott would emulate his former boss John Hewson by losing another “unloseable” election.

Meantime, Australia was excised for migration purposes, the US Presidential election loomed, and Mark Colvin gave the Andrew Olle address.

Spotlight on Abbott

Asian Century white paper and economics

Asylum seekers

Brave new digital world