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Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Lead item

Manhunt for racist serial killer "France is in a state of shock and revulsion after the rabbi and three children were killed in the most brutal attack on the French Jewish community in a decade."


Tuesday, 20 March 2012

General item

Toulouse: race, religion and murder "Over the past few years of recession and regression, it has become a trite truism of European politics that you can't go wrong going to the right... Today in Toulouse we have been given a horrific illustration of where such delirious cynicism can lead."

Hate speech

Resources tax: what you may not know "Despite all the hullabaloo, all the hand-wringing and the wailing from various sections of the mining industry, the passage of the Mineral Resources Rent Tax overnight confirms Australia as one of the world's most benign destinations for miners."

Sydney Morning Herald
Mining boom

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

General item

The State of the Media (overview) "The problems of newspapers became more acute in 2011. Even as online audiences grew, print circulation continued to decline. Even more critically, so did ad revenues. In 2011, losses in print advertising dollars outpaced gains in digital revenue by a factor of roughly 10 to 1, a ratio even worse than in 2010."

Pew Research Centre
Journalism, MEDIA

James Cameron's rocket plunge to the deep end of the planet "In a stroke, James Cameron has upended the field - literally and figuratively. A man known for imaginative films (Titanic, Avatar), he has reinvented the way that people explore the deep ocean."

New York Times

And finally

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 - Finalists (click on any image to launch gallery)

National Portrait Gallery