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January 9th, 2012

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12:19 am - Online Opinion ...
Quick poll (mostly for Australians) :
Have you heard of the site Online Opinion ? onlineopinion.com.au

Where do you get your Australian news and opinions from ? Murdoch-land ? (Feral Hun ... errr, Herald Sun / Advertiser / Australian, etc) Fairfax-ville ? (The Age / SMH / etc)
Other sources (Crikey ? ... ?)

I'm wondering because I was recently linked to a post about a new site called "The Conversation", and it reminded me that Online Opinion exists. From what I've seen of it, OO appears to be trying to provide a platform for in-depth articles about Australian (and international) issues, from a variety of sources (including academics, politicians, etc). The Conversation appears to be doing the same. Both sites are not-for-profit and thus less affected by the usual Big Corporate biases.

Anyway, Online Opinion is worth a look from time to time, it seems to do a reasonable job of getting a variety of points of view across.

Edit: And of course, it seems like a bit of duplication of effort - which leads me to believe that not many people (including the creators of The Conversation) have heard of OO, even though it has been around for a few years now.

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Date:January 8th, 2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
Hadn't heard of it.

I read both papers (Hun at work and Age at home) on an increasingly irregular basis and see a lot of ABCNews 24. Also watch SBS news. Don't tend to get Australian news from websites unless I'm trying to follow something breaking, often find the news websites annoying.
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Date:January 9th, 2012 07:22 am (UTC)
Never heard of OO before. Mostly read theage.com.au and abc.net.au.
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Date:January 9th, 2012 10:18 am (UTC)
I have read a couple of articles on there, I think, mostly referred on from elsewhere. Mostly I get news and opinion from ABC. I rarely use commercial media of any sort.
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Date:January 19th, 2012 01:23 am (UTC)
Age newspaper (usually at weekends), ABC News website, SBS evening news on telly, BBC News website (it has surprisingly good coverage of Oceania / Asia Pacific news).

Other print media: The Monthly magazine (only occasionally, as I find its writers' stable predictable and its articles often smug in tone); Quarterly Essay. I mourn the demise of Eureka Street magazine (although it continues online) and wish we had an equivalent to Prospect magazine (UK).

Other Australian news-and-policy sites I visit regularly: Grattan Institute (think-tank), The Australian 'Higher Education' pages, Campus Review.

I sometimes read the Conversation. It was recently attacked quite viciously in an op-ed published on the Institute of Public Affairs (conservative think-tank) website.

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