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Couch surfing on the rise among the homeless

Few young couch surfers realise they’re only one step away from the streets. In the past year, Matthew Kelberg has stayed with more than 20 different friends. Unable to find work, Matthew, 20, has had to sleep on “random couches” to avoid the streets. Even then, there were times he couldn’t find anywhere to stay. “I’ve had to…

Social media can be a journalist's best friend or their worst enemy [Image: Andreas Eldh / Flickr]

Nothing personal: social media must remain opinion-free zones for journalists

Journalists must resist posting personal opinions on social media to avoid tainting themselves – and their employers – with credibility-destroying bias. Doing so has claimed more than a few careers. CNN correspondent Diana Magnay was recently reassigned from her post covering the Israel-Gaza war after tweeting that a group of Israelis, who were cheering missile attacks on Gaza,…

WikiLeaks suppression order censors the press on "national security" grounds [Source: Nikhil / Flickr]

Media watchdog muzzled: national security gag order spells death for press freedom

The suppression order at the heart of Australia’s biggest bribery scandal exploited national security fears to block much-needed media scrutiny. Anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks revealed the order – the details of which can’t legally be published – banned publishing certain corruption allegations against high-profile politicians overseas. The order’s purpose was to prevent damage to Australia’s international…