Every week, we discuss how the media has covered the news and analyse issues affecting the industry - with some of the biggest names in journalism in Australia and around the world.
Broadcast live on Sydney's 2SER 107.3FM, with the financial assistance of the Community Broadcasting Foundation.
Reporting On Covid-19 From Trump To Dan Andrews
This week we discuss reporting on Covid-19 and examine the pressures on journalists reporting on the Victorian lockup and on Donald Trump. Monica Attard spoke with Calla Wallquist and Nick Bryant.
American Democracy Interrupted
This week we take a close look at the first Presidential debate and ask is it possible for Joe Biden and the media to cut through with a disruptive figure like Trump. Monica Attard spoke with New York Times' Damien Cave and SMH and the Age's Nick O'Malley.
Ben Smith On How The Media Got Trumped
This week Monica Attard speaks with the New York Times media columnist Ben Smith. With weeks to go until the election we ask has the media mishandled Trump and is there a better way to cover a President that dominates news coverage and attacks the media at every turn.
Andrew Fowler on Assange
This week we take a close look at the extradition hearing against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and ask should Australian journalists speak up against this attack on press freedom. Sharon Davis spoke with former ABC journalist Andrew Fowler.
Australia and China - Silence is Compliance
This week we look at the state of play between Australia and China. Relations are at the lowest point they have been in many years with this week two Australian journalists forced to leave China meanwhile Chinese journalists in Australia were raided by ASIO. To help us gain some clarity on what is actually going Monica Attard spoke with Hugh Riminton and Chris Uhlmann.
The Christchurch Terrorist And Our Media's Dereliction Of Duty
This edition we look at our media's coverage of the Christchurch Terrorist and ask has our media taken any lessons from this event in how it covers mass shootings and also in how it conducts debates around multiculturalism. Your host this week Chrisanthi Giotis speaks with Glynn Greensmith and Kishor Napier-Raman.
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Worth your time
I've been listening to this podcast for about a year and always learn something new and gain a fresh insight into a current media issue. Good for people working in the media and anyone with a passing interest in it's role in our society.
Feminine hygiene products are just the tip of the iceberg
I have just listened to the Fourth Estate's discussion about the controversy surrounding endometriosis research. This discussion is timely in view of the rejection by Parliament of the Greens bill to remove fat from feminine hygiene products. These issues are important to all women and deserve more airtime. This program provides an important insight into how such issues are regarded by the future leaders of the country. It should be required listening for the establishment and Miranda Devine.
Anti kiwi Racist banter
Peter Frey on this episode for some bizarre reason thinks he can publicly put down New Zealander- thank goodness for the other commentators who called him on it - but this racist anti kiwi banter is not acceptable