Mediaman - Taking on the
big guns of media
Mediaman is a breath
of fresh air in the news media website space.
the onset, it is obvious that the sites' founder,
Greg Tingle, takes great pride in his work from
both an online and journalist point of view. This
website is newsworthy.
usability and site design is functional, yet slick
website veterans may argue that the slick
gold and yellow text on black background
is not good for the eyes and will reduce the time
duration site visitors spend there. I tend to
black, gold and white color scheme may have something
to do with the Directors' numerous appearances
on Radio 2UE. Behind the black background sits
grey edging. It's no coincidence that a large
2UE logo can be found in the top-right hand corner
of the homepage. "The Human Headline",
Derryn Hinch, one of many well known supporters
of Greg's, is also prominently featured throughout
some websites, it doesn't pretend to be anything
its not. The website doesn't (officially) have
the financial backing of a media conglomerate
like a f2 or Murdoch. Hence the absence of a back-end
database (at present), although a Yahoo! Groups
online newsletter has been set-up, which other
news media websites like Online Opinion and Crikey
Media have utilized to great advantage. The founder
may consider using the well regarded Blogger web
log at some point, to add further interaction.
is utterly unique is the website's fearless, no-holds-barred
approach. If you want evidence of this, look no
further than the crime sub section, that even
covers the crime spree in Mr Tingle's own suburb,
and that of the New South Wales Premier!
site clearly has the blessing of some interesting
media types, with an impressive array of kind
words displayed in the testimonials section.
appearances section of the website clearly demonstrates
that this Greg Tingle guy gets around town, and
that if you have a newsworthy event coming up,
you may want to contact the website founder.
you would expect with a news media website worth
its salt, there is a live news-feed provided by
EasyByte.com, incorporating stories from the world's
component of multimedia is crucial to the websites
appeal, as the visitor/listener will get to tune
in to Mr Tingle's on-air discussions with the
likes of John Laws, and Brian Wilshire, and to
my somewhat surprise, at times Greg controls the
conversation. Perhaps he does have a "real"
career in media ahead of him.
to Greg's amazing interviews with the likes of
Max Markson, Doug Mulray, Phillip Adams, Lee Tien,
Ric Drasin and P.M. Carpenter.
are told there are plans to incorporate visual
multimedia into the site, and given the founder's
background in TV presenting at Sydney's Channel
31, I would tend to believe him.
your website reviewed? Join the impressive array
of media companies that have already had their
website reviewed by MMA. SMH, 2UE, 2GB, Radio
Info - they're all here folks.
stone is left unturned, as the site visitor can
even read about the history of the Australian
media business, with an impressive list of its
television, radio and print history; although
the print section needs more information. Perhaps
a reader may like to contribute information to
website links section is smartly broken into categories
like; Australian Media, International Media, Television
and Radio, Newspapers, Media Personalities and
other. Website links are a basic component, although
a most important service not offered on many other
Australian news media websites.
site also covers off on important aspects like
a, Contact Us and a Legal section, as a professional
news media website ought to.
If you are a follower of the Australian and international
news media business, you need to visit this website.
Not exactly of f2 or News Corporation caliber,
but very solid and unique - a great effort for
a website that's only been live for a few months,
with minimal funding. Media Man indeed!
more convincing? Read all about Mediaman,
himself, in the Bio section.
more information, contact Greg