Matthew Ricketson

Matthew Ricketson

is professor of journalism at the University of Canberra.


About Matthew Ricketson

Matthew Ricketson is professor of journalism at the University of Canberra and a former Media and Communications editor for the Age.


Articles about Matthew Ricketson

Articles by Matthew Ricketson

Strengths and defects: Triumph and Demise & Power Failure

It is widely agreed in the journalistic accounts, the emerging academic studies, and the various politicians’ memoirs that the Rudd and Gillard governments had serious flaws and that their disunity killed any momentum and obscured their achievements. It is also well recognised that the media in general, and the News Limited outlets in particular, played a role in the Labor governments’ demise. You get barely an inkling of that from reading Triumph and Demise.

Killing Fairfax: Packer, Murdoch & the Ultimate Revenge by Pamela Williams

Inexorably winnowed: Fairfax: The Rise and Fall & Killing Fairfax

There is a pungent irony in the publication of these two books about the declining fortunes of the Fairfax Media company written by two of its most experienced and respected journalists. Media companies matter and journalism matters, but it is entirely possible that Fairfax will in the next year or two be dissolved or broken up or taken over by Australia’s richest person, Gina Rinehart.

Parallel fates

It is conventional wisdom in the publishing business that newspaper reviews, even negative ones, can help to sell books. But while book publishers are beset by structural changes to their industry the newspaper business is suffering an even more painful struggle, to evolve or die.