EDITOR'S PICKS

In this week's essential reading, Kohler takes aim at Sen Stephen Conroy's media reforms, Gottliebsen expects the US market to keep rolling on, Bartholomeusz analyses whether the NAB's technology investment will pay dividends, and Burgess sips a latte with Labor's art loving core voter.

Take it on trust, media reforms are bull

Alan Kohler: Rebuilding trust is one of the media's great challenges this century, and the only way to retain audience relationships. But Stephen Conroy's backdoor attempts to regulate for this, and for diversity, are ludicrous.

The jobs data Labor needs to see

Stephen Koukoulas: Today's jobs data will be a critical indicator of the economy's health. The Labor party will be sweating on the numbers.

The US market steamrolls on

Robert Gottliebsen: A leading US fund manager believes the US market will continue on its merry way despite hitting record highs. By contrast, the Australian market is overpriced.

Evolving NAB team eyes a tech future

Stephen Bartholomeusz: National Australia Bank has laid out its plan to complete the migration to online and mobile platforms. But the team charged with implementation is not yet whole.

Rob Burgess: Having rolled out its blue-collar platform, Labor is now trying to charm its inner city base with an artful – and light – flurry of creative grants.

Jobs have wearied the aged worker

Jessica Irvine: Encouraging employment figures out of the US are boosting confidence but they mask a deeper issue in the job market — older workers, both in the US and Australia, are giving the game away.

Myer bounces off a low base

Stephen Bartholomeusz: Myer has delivered ahead of expectations, adding momentum to the view that retail has stabilised. Now the challenge is to move the group back up to a sustainable footing.

Gillard's hard-left turn is crashing business confidence

Robert Gottliebsen: In a bid to preserve what votes it can, the Gillard government is enacting policies that pander to the left. That makes business very nervous.

Take it on trust, media reforms are bull

Alan Kohler: Rebuilding trust is one of the media's great challenges this century, and the only way to retain audience relationships. But Stephen Conroy's backdoor attempts to regulate for this, and for diversity, are ludicrous.

RBA hack and the cyber cloak and dagger

Supratim Adhikari: The attacks on the RBA are nothing out of the ordinary and further highlights why it's business as usual for all the actors in the cyber-crime caper.

Baseload vs Wind – a dumb argument

Tristan Edis: On Saturday night Queensland wholesale power prices went from $63 to $11,499 in the space of five minutes. The reason why illustrates how criticism of wind for not being baseload is so dumb.

How Ten can stop being the biggest loser

Ben Shepherd: Ten’s share price has jumped since Hamish McLennan's appointment, but the fundamental driver of the broadcaster’s earnings - better programming to bring in bigger audiences – is still languishing and must be his priority.