aus.media-watch charter This group was created by Rev Doc Phil Herring on the 21st of April, 1997. RFD: aus.media-watch NAME aus.media-watch ONE LINE The quality of journalism and media in Australia STATUS Unmoderated PATRON SAINT Stuart Littlemore PROPONENTS Robert Atkins (email@example.com) and Rev Dr David Gerard (firstname.lastname@example.org) CHARTER This group is for discussion and critical analysis of the media in Australia -- broadcast and print. Inspired by the ABC TV show "Media Watch", hosted by the aforementioned Stuart Littlemore, the purpose of the group is to cast a cynical eye (and ear) over the print and broadcast media and basically rip the shit out of them when they screw up (which is frequently). Even though the group is inspired by it, it's not an arm of "Media Watch" and is not intended merely to be a fan group of "Media Watch" - although discussion of media-watch shows and publications, and of satires of the media such as "FrontLine", are certainly on-topic. Other appropriate topics for discussion in the group could include (but are by no means limited to): * Sightings of inaccuracies and incompetencies in local and national media. * Plagarism-spotting * Poking fun at headline cliches, innacurate columnists and illiterate subeditors (Apostrophe Man was a net.cop!) * Criticism of Stuart Littlemore or other media-watchers * Conflicts of interest between media owners and their other businesses CROSSPOSTS Some crossposts aus.tv, aus.radio.broadcast and like groups may be appropriate. Although it may sometimes be appropriate, crossposting to groups such as aus.politics is probably a Bad Idea, it tends to attract loons. If crossposting, please make sure threads stay on the topic of media-watching -- ie, in a post about "Frontline", discussing the real life incident a given plot element is based on would be on topic; asking who plays the security guard probably isn't and would be better suited to aus.tv on its own. There would sometimes be cause for a crosspost to an Australian regional group (such as syd.*, melb.* or a local University newsgroup if the post was about something that appeared in a University newspaper). There may be the odd occasion where a post to one of the big 7 groups is relevant. Therefore one crosspost out of the aus.* heirachy is acceptable for a post into aus.media-watch. If crossposts get out of hand, robocancelling may be considered as a solution. _________________________________________________________________ Robert Atkins email@example.com http://www.osix.com.au/~ratkins _________________________________________________________________ References 1. mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org 2. http://www.osix.com.au/~ratkins
The above graph is a moving average of the number of articles posted into aus.media-watch per day. The top of the green area counts the number of articles posted in the last 24 hours, whereas the blue line counts the number of articles posted in the last 2 hours, times 12.