338 episodes

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.

Fourth Estate 2SER

    • News
    • 4.6 • 34 Ratings

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.

    US Midterms and a Musk Owned Twitter

    US Midterms and a Musk Owned Twitter

    In the aftermath of the United States midterm election and in the whirlwind of a Musk owned Twitter, Monica Attard spoke with American journalist Ben Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Semafor- a global news organisation. The two esteemed journalists discuss the American media coverage of the midterm elections.
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    • 31 min
    The End of Twitter As We Know It

    The End of Twitter As We Know It

    Journalists are watching on as Twitter transforms under new management. The social media platform recently switched hands from being a publicly listed company to one owned by a small group led by billionaire Elon Musk. We discuss how Twitter has shaped the industry and where do journalists go now in the wake of a Musk owned Twitter?
    Marlene Even spoke with Cam Wilson, associate editor of Crikey and Ariel Bogle, technology reporter with ABC Radio National.

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    • 36 min
    Paddy Manning on The Successor

    Paddy Manning on The Successor

    Who is Lachlan Murdoch? In any given discussion about the Australian media, the word 'Murdoch' will inevitably arise but what do you actually know about him?
    Anthony Dockrill spoke with journalist and author Paddy Manning about his new unauthorised biography of Lachlan Murdoch called 'The Successor'.
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    • 50 min
    Holding Institutions to Account in a Climate Crisis

    Holding Institutions to Account in a Climate Crisis

    How do journalists report on the climate crisis when dealing with cautious sources? 
    You might have heard of the allegations surrounding the Bureau of Meteorology’s work culture, but what experience have journalists had when holding the microphone up to various public institutions to talk about the climate crisis? 
    Marlene Even spoke with environment reporters Graham Readfearn, The Guardian Australia and Alex Crowe, The Canberra Times.
    To read The Bureau of Meteorology's full statement visit the 2ser website.
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    • 31 min
    Media and Misogyny- Gillard’s Speech 10 Years On

    Media and Misogyny- Gillard’s Speech 10 Years On

    Ten years ago former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard made the historic misogyny speech. In this edition, we discuss the media coverage of the misogyny speech back then and how it has made headlines globally since.
    Tina Quinn spoke with Samantha Maiden, political editor for News.com.au and Jess Hill, dedicated gendered violence reporter for Primer.


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    • 44 min
    Data Hacks and Cyber Attacks

    Data Hacks and Cyber Attacks

    In light of the Optus data breach, we discuss what role the media has when reporting on cyber attacks and data security?
    Tina Quinn spoke with Jarni Blakkarly, investigative journalist for CHOICE, Nick Bonyhady, technology editor of Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, and Amber Schultz, associate editor & investigative journalist for Crikey.
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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

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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.

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Alternative Views

Sometimes I feel Monica uses this platform to air her personal grievances with the public. Although no-one should be threatened or abused, journalists are not above accountability. Her personal friendships with Leigh Sales and Rachel Baxendale often colour her view. Robust debate is essential in a democracy and more so when there is a monopoly on media ownership.
Even some of the most respected of journalists have questioned Sale’s interpretation of some of her Twitter encounters. Maybe instead of being antagonistic, step back and look at the work of journalists that don’t encounter large scale pushback.

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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.

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