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The Walkley Media Conference 2010

What’s the

story?

Powerful narrative and other tales from the future August 9-12, 2010 • NSW Teachers Federation, 37 Reservoir St, Surry Hills


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Welcome Thank-you for joining us for the first Walkley Media Conference. It’s been a rocky road for journalists and other media makers, but the Media Alliance and the Walkley Foundation are driving debate about the way our industry is changing and what you’ll have to do to survive the turmoil. When we set out to create this event, we wanted it to bring together leading thinkers, journalists, authors and other media creators to look at what comes next – and the kinds of tools and skills needed to continue to tell great stories in the changing media landscape. We wanted to explore the importance of narrative and the links between journalists, authors, industry leaders, freelancers, digital media creators, film-makers and creators of all kinds in discussion on how to survive and thrive in a new and uncertain—but exciting— digital era. Our aim over the coming days is to engage journalists, journalism academics and news executives in a constructive discussion about the future of our craft, and how we can emerge from the current turmoil stronger and better equipped to fulfil our key democratic mission. We’re glad to have you here as part of the discussion, and I hope you leave feeling energised, inspired and engaged with your colleagues. Christopher Warren Federal Secretary

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PROGRAM Monday August 9 Video Skills with Olivia Rousset Time: 9.00am-12.30pm Location: Media Alliance, Redfern Learn the basics of researching and shooting a video piece. What basic equipment is needed? How do you approach a video story? Where do you find talent? What research do you need to do before you even start shooting? What skills do you already have that you can adapt to video reporting? Non-fiction Narrative with David Leser Time: 9.00am-12.30pm Location: Teachers Federation, Surry Hills Feel like your writing needs a lift? Luxuriate in the power of words and literary techniques as we examine the tools and tricks of non-fiction writing. Examine alternative ways of structuring and pacing your stories, and techniques to keep the reader hooked. Getting the most from Google’s tools Time: 10.00am-1.00pm Location: Google, Level 5, 48 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont Get the inside scoop on the tech giant’s latest tools for research, reporting, communicating and networking. From maps and Google Wave, to making money from advertising on your site. Plus Google for broadcasters – incorporating YouTube footage and Google Earth clips into news coverage. With Josh Cohen, Kate Conroy, Ann-Marie Lavigne and Casey Whitelaw. The Art & The Money with Angelo Loukakis Time: 1.00pm-4.00pm Location: Teachers Federation, Surry Hills The basics of authors’ remuneration, covering the sources of income and money management. Grants and funding, negotiating with your publisher, publishers’ advances, royalties, CAL, PLR and ELR; Money management as part of overall career management; and the online environment and how it affects your income. Photography Skills with John Donegan Time: 1.30pm-5.30pm Location: Teachers Federation, Surry Hills Exploring photography and its narratives. Bring in your camera so you can put into practice tips on composition, framing and lighting. Discuss how you can use photography to tell stories, how to research and plan your shoot, how to store and edit images, and using online tools like sound slides.

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Monday August 9 (continued) 4.30-5.30 Teachers Federation Auditorium, Surry Hills 24 HOUR NEWS Continuous coverage aims to give us all the news, all the time. What will this mean for journalists and journalism? How can broadcasters and journalists ensure that a continuous news service maintains depth and authority against the demands of being first and filling a rigorous schedule? • Heather Allan • Angelos Frangopoulos • Gaven Morris • Quentin Dempster (chair) 5.30 Teachers Federation Auditorium, Surry Hills Keynote: WHO MOVED MY PYRAMID? Peter Fray, editor, The Sydney Morning Herald The story has moved on. How do we move with it? 6:30 – 9:00 Teachers Federation Auditorium, Surry Hills Cocktail Reception

*This program confirmed at the time of printing but may be subject to change.

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Tuesday August 10 NSW Teachers Federation, 37 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills TIME

Auditorium

7:00

Breakfast Served

Meeting room 2

Meeting room 3

7:30 8:30

INNOVATION AND THE NEWS INDUSTRY: Alan Noble, engineering director for Google Australia and NZ

8:30

Registrations

9.00

WELCOME: Chris Warren

9.20

Keynote: THE DEATH AND LIFE OF JOURNALISM John Nichols, Washington correspondent, The Nation (US) The crisis in media precedes the internet and economic turbulence. The new landscape of journalism demands strong and vibrant independent journalism to maintain our democratic mission.

10.00

Panel: MAPPING THE NEW MEDIA LANDSCAPE What is your vision of the future of journalism and how fast are we moving towards it? We draw on the experience and imagination of key media thinkers and strategists to give us a taste of what the future holds for the news industry • Campbell Reid • Karim Temsamani • Mark Scott • Helen Dalley (chair)

11.00

MORNING TEA

11.20

Panel: SOCIAL MEDIA: FINDING FRIENDS AND FOLLOWERS Are social media tools the new big thing or a flash in the pan? What new rules do we need to learn if we are to effectively harness people power as part of the news and narrative process? • Julie Posetti • John Bergin • Claire Wardle • Lawrie Zion (chair)

Panel: THE WRITER’S LIFE How do different writers work day to day and what can we learn from them? • Ben Naparstek • Alice Pung • Fenella Souter (chair) • Charllotte Wood

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Tuesday August 10 (continued)

TIME

Auditorium

Meeting room 2

Meeting room 3

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Panel: Journalism on the move Exciting innovation in news gathering and mobile journalism from unexpected quarters – Africa and the Middle East. • Harry Dugmore • Heather Allan • Nick Bryant (chair)

M/C: VIDEO: GEAR, EDITING AND PLANNING YOUR STORY Equipment, tools, resources and skills for great videojournalism. Plus narratives of video. • Mark Davis

M/C: SOCIAL MEDIA 101 Who’s pushing the envelope in using Twitter and social media for reporting? How to get started in social media. • Julie Posetti • Claire Wardle

1.20

LUNCH

2.20

Panel: NEXT TOP MODEL Our panel of innovators will discuss their experiments in revenue raising media projects. • Tim Burrowes • James Kirby • Margaret Simons • James Tuckerman • Chris Warren (chair)

M/C: NARRATIVES OF INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM Australia’s leading investigative journalist deconstructs the craft. • Chris Masters

M/C: ADVANCED SOCIAL MEDIA How social media can make you a better journo. It’s time to kidnap the new media and make it your own. • Julie Posetti • Claire Wardle

3.20

Panel: PERSONAL STORIES From first person to family and friends – the ins and outs of writing intimate narratives. • Bob Dotson • Alice Pung • Fenella Souter (chair) • Peter FitzSimons

4.15

AFTERNOON TEA

4.30

Panel: SPIN AND SAVAGERY: THE NARRATIVES OF POLITICS Now that a day is a long time in politics (ask Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard) we ask our panel to reflect on how the turbocharged news cycle has changed the way we report and understand politics. • Annabel Crabb • Laurie Oakes • John Nichols • Malcolm Turnbull • Kerry O’Brien (chair)

5.30

Rapporteur: Summing up the day’s discussion.

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M/C: Mapping the online story With all the elements at your disposal when reporting a story online, where do you start? • Leader Team: Dave Crossthwaite and Andy Drewitt

M/C: PHOTOGRAPHY AND VISUAL NARRATIVE Photography skills, online tools and a visual narrative case study. • John Donegan


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Wednesday August 11 NSW Teachers Federation, 37 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills TIME

Auditorium

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Registrations

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Keynote: STORIES ARE EVERYWHERE – YOU JUST HAVE TO FIND THEM Bob Dotson, news correspondent with giant US network NBC, profiles ordinary Americans and finds extraordinary stories. What are the strengths of the TV format for narrative and does his attention to personal stories point to the future direction for journalists and documentary makers? • Chris Bath (chair)

9.45

Panel: THE ART OF THE INTERVIEW What are the secrets to a great interview – for video, for audio, for print, for online? • Mark Dapin • Anna Broinowski • Ben Naparstek (chair) • Richard Glover

10.45

Break

11.00

Keynote: NEWS WITHOUT CONTEXT IS MEANINGLESS NOISE Jay Rosen explains that news needs a narrative or it just becomes a meaningless flood of data; journalists must provide that narrative.

11.40

Panel: WRITING IN THE INTERNET AGE How has the internet changed the way we write? And the relationships we have with audiences? • Jay Rosen • Sophie Black • James Bradley • Sophie Cunningham (chair)

12.40

Lunch

1.20

Panel: Stranger than fiction The power of true stories to propel narrative just as well as, if not better than, the juiciest of fictions. • Anna Broinowski • David Marr • Sam Strong • David Leser • Paul Barry (chair)

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M/C CREATING A BOOK PROPOSAL You’ve got your big idea for your first book – what next? • Jane Palfreyman • Fiona Inglis • Alison Green • Jenny Tabakoff (chair)

M/C: SCRIPT WRITING You have an idea for a script – where do you start? • Peter Gawler

M/C: AUDIO SKILLS Recording and editing audio – and putting it out there in a podcast. What software/tools do you need? • Stilgherrian


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Wednesday August 11 (continued) TIME

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Panel: WHAT CAN JOURNALISM AND FICTION LEARN FROM EACH OTHER? What can journalists learn from fiction? Basic literary techniques. Description, scenesetting, pacing, tension, characterisation, details, showing not telling, experiments with structure, voice, tone…. What observational techniques can fiction learn from journalism? • Tony Maniaty (chair) • Caroline Overington • Malcolm Knox • Mark Dapin

M/C DOCUMENTARY Explore the basics of planning, writing, making documentaries whether long or short film, online or multimedia. From the first idea to promoting the finished film. • Trevor Graham

3.15

Afternoon Tea

3.30

Panel: NEW MEDIA, NEW ETHICS? The internet and the rise of social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter are challenging the old orthodoxies. Our panel considers the implications of new media for the way we relate to each other: • Lawrie Zion • David Higgins • Jay Rosen • Liz Jackson (chair)

Panel: THE CRITIC SPEAKS What can critics tell us about crafting compelling stories and characters? • James Bradley • Stephen Romei • Susan Wyndham • Jenny Tabakoff (chair)

4.20

Panel: WHAT IS ORIGINALITY? Is originality over-rated? Where to you draw the line between sampling and theft when it comes to the creative industries? Our panel considers the ways in which ideas can be recycled and asks whether imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. • Sophie Cunningham • Malcolm Knox • Jess Scully

M/C: MEDIA PRESENTATION SKILLS Media management skills for professional writers. • Tony Maniaty

5.10

CONFERENCE WRAP UP

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Heather Allan

Paul Barry

Chris Bath

Heather Allan is the head of news gathering at Al Jazeera English, based in Doha, Qatar. Prior to this, Heather had a career with NBC that lasted for over 30 years, where she worked as bureau chief in both Africa and the US. She also coordinated record-breaking Olympics coverage with NBC, as well as working as the field producer for ABC in Africa.

Paul Barry’s films for the ABC’s Four Corners program won him numerous television awards. He has also presented The Times and Witness on Channel Seven, reported for 60 Minutes and written for the Sydney Morning Herald, where he won a Walkley for his expose of tax-dodging barristers. Paul has also written six best-selling books including The Rise & Fall of Alan Bond and The Rise and Rise of Kerry Packer. Paul is about to start a three-month stint on the ABC’s Media Watch, which he presented in 2000-2001.

Chris Bath is the anchor of Seven’s top-rating 6pm news bulletin on weeknights in Sydney. She took over the position in November 2009, after having read weekends since 2005. A journalist with 21 years experience, she also reports for and cohosts the flagship program in Channel Seven’s news and public affairs line-up, Sunday Night.

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John Bergin

Sophie Black

James Bradley

John Bergin is the digital channel manager at Sky News, where he is responsible for editorial control across www. skynews.com.au and Sky News Active. Follow John on Twitter @theburgerman.

Sophie Black is a writer, journalist and the editor of Crikey, an online news service that publishes to some of the smartest inboxes in the country. Her role involves heading up a band of roving correspondents, one press gallery hack, a band of bloggers, a blend of original and aggregated content and a badly behaved cartoonist called First Dog on the Moon. Prior to Crikey, Sophie was deputy editor of the weekly magazine The Reader. Sophie cut her teeth at internships at The Independent and The Guardian after working in film and TV production.

James Bradley is an award-winning Australian novelist and critic. His books include Wrack, The Deep Field and the international bestseller The Resurrectionist, all of which have been widely translated and won or been shortlisted for major literary awards, and a book of poetry, Paper Nautilus. His articles have been published in The Guardian, The Australian Literary Review, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. His forthcoming books include The Penguin Book of the Ocean, which will be published in November, and a fourth novel, Black Friday, which will be published by Faber & Faber in 2011. He blogs at: www. cityoftongues.com. Follow James on Twitter @cityoftongues.

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Anna Broinowski

Nick Bryant

Tim Burrowes

Walkley Award-winning filmmaker Anna Broinowski has been making documentaries since 1995. They include Forbidden Lie$, Helen’s War, Sexing The Label and Hell Bento!!, all of which screened theatrically. Awards include Best Film at the Rome Film and Al Jazeera International Film Festivals, the Russian Film Critics’ circle Award, two Australian Film Institute Awards, two Australian Film Critics’ Awards, the NSW Premier’s Literary Prize, Best Director at Films des Femmes in France and the 2008 American Writers’ Guild award for best nonfiction screenplay. Following the U.S. release of the Walkley award-winning documentary, Forbidden Lie$, Anna is now working on a feature film about Pauline Hanson.

Nick Bryant is the BBC’s Sydney correspondent and blogger. Before making the move to Australia, Nick worked as the BBC’s South Asia correspondent and one of the BBC’s Washington correspondents, covering everything from the impeachment of Bill Clinton to the attacks of 9/11.

Tim Burrowes is the founding editor of Mumbrella (http:// mumbrella.com.au/) which launched in 2008. Since then it has become the must-read of Australia’s advertising, PR & media world – blisteringly fast. Before coming to Australia, Tim was the launch editor of the Middle East edition of Campaign magazine, which covers advertising and marketing stories throughout the region. Follow Tim on Twitter @mumbrella.

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Josh Cohen

Dave Crossthwaite

Annabel Crabb

Josh Cohen is the senior business product manager for Google News. He is responsible for global product strategy, marketing and publisher outreach for Google News, which is currently available in 30 languages and nearly 60 countries. Prior to joining Google, Josh was vice president of business development for Reuters Media. He was responsible for agreements with AOL, Google, MSN, Yahoo! and numerous media companies around the world for content distribution, revenue generation and strategic investments. Before joining Reuters, Josh was Director of Business Development for SmartMoney.com where he led business development and licensing activities for the site, a joint venture between Dow Jones and Hearst. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Columbia Business School.

Dave Crossthwaite became a journalist in 2000 after a short and unsatisfying career as a high school teacher. He has worked as a reporter and editor at Leader Community Newspapers since 2002. He has collected a number of trophies of varying worth and quality, largely related to his work on homelessness and mental health issues. He was unfortunate enough to have his staff photo taken during “Movember”.

Annabel Crabb began her career in journalism in 1997, writing for the Adelaide Advertiser, then moving on to writing about politics for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. She joined the federal parliamentary press gallery in 1999, and has reported on federal politics ever since, with one absence during which she served in London as correspondent for Fairfax’s Sunday titles. Annabel has just released her latest book, Rise of the Ruddbot – a social commentary of Australia’s current political landscape. Black Inc. has described her as being “Australia’s funniest, most incisive political commentator”. Follow Annabel on Twitter @CrabbTwitsard.

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Sophie Cunningham

Helen Dalley

Mark Dapin

Sophie Cunningham has worked in publishing for more than twenty years, as an editor and publisher. She’s the author of two published novels, Geography (2004) and Bird (2008) and is writing a third, This Devastating Fever, about Leonard Woolf. As well as writing books she was a television columnist with the Age for several years, still writes occasional journalism, and is editor of Melbourne’s oldest literary journal, Meanjin. She blogs at http://meanjin.com.au/.

Helen Dalley is one of Australia’s most experienced and highly respected journalists and interviewers. Helen is an award-winning television journalist – as a reporter, interviewer and presenter on the Nine Network for the past two decades. She has joined Sky News, as host of Sunday Business. Helen was a senior reporter and alternate host on the wellregarded, agenda-setting Sunday program for 16 years. Her work has also featured on 60 Minutes and A Current Affair. Helen was a founding member of the Nine Network’s Business Sunday as a reporter and occasional presenter. She has hosted Today, A Current Affair (Summer edition), Today On Saturday, Nightline, and has played a major role in Nine’s Federal Election coverage.

Mark Dapin was born in the UK and arrived in Australia in 1989. He is a freelance writer with a weekly column in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Weekend magazine. He has two children. King of the Cross is his first novel. He blogs at www.markdapin. com.

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Mark Davis

Quentin Dempster

John Donegan

Mark Davis is one of Australia’s foremost video journalists. His impressive body of work has won five Walkley awards, including the prestigious Gold Walkley, and a Logie. Mark’s skills as a reporter and cameraman enable him to put the genre of video journalism to perfect use. Mark presented Dateline in 2003-04. Previously with the ABC’s Foreign Correspondent and Four Corners programs, Mark has travelled alone to some of the most extraordinary corners of the earth, working extensively in Afghanistan, Asia and Melanesia. In 1997 he won a World Medal at the New York Film and Television Festival for his work in Afghanistan.

Quentin Dempster is a journalist and author with 40 years experience in print and broadcasting. He has been a columnist for the Telegraph  and Sunday Mail (Brisbane), the Bulletin magazine, and is a regular contributor for ABC Online. In 1992 he was awarded an Order of Australia for services to the media, particularly in journalism and current affairs.  From 1992 to 1996 he was staffelected director of the ABC. He is the author of three books, and in 2002 he received a Walkley Award for outstanding contribution to journalism. Currently he is presenter of Stateline NSW for the ABC, and chair of the Walkley Advisory Board.

Dual Walkley-winning photographer John Donegan has been picture editor of both the Melbourne Herald Sun and The Sunday Age. He held these positions between bouts of freelancing, based at various times in London, Jerusalem and Darwin. After a decade at The Age - shooting sports for the last four years - Donegan is freelancing again. He is now based in Sydney where he launched 1826 Media in September 2009. He joined the Walkley Advisory Board earlier this year.

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Bob Dotson

Andy Drewitt

Harry Dugmore

Bob Dotson is a NBC News Correspondent and his reports, “American Story with Bob Dotson,” are seen on TODAY and as hour-long specials on MSNBC. He was also the writer and host of Bob Dotson’s America, a series of half-hour programs on the Travel Channel, and the author of two books; one for aspiring journalists, Make it Memorable. He has received more than 100 awards for his work in broadcast journalism, including four National Emmy’s and eight Emmy nominations and the Radio and Television News Directors have chosen Dotson to receive the Edward R. Murrow award for Writing a record five times. Follow Bob on Twitter @bobdotson.

Andy Drewitt is a photographer and reporter at Melbourne’s Leader Community Newspapers. He started his career as a journalist before branching into photography and video. His role involves producing multimedia packages for Leader’s 33 mastheads and websites. Andy won a Walkley in 2008 for Community/Regional Photography and again in 2009 when Leader’s online team took out Best Online for Feeling the strain.

Harry Dugmore is the chair of media & mobile communications at the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University in South Africa. His role as chair has allowed him to develop the major project, Iindaba Ziyafika - The news is coming, which aims to better equip media producers in Africa with the skills, knowledge and software to use mobile phones to control news production and dissemination. Before joining Rhodes University, Harry worked for the office of the President in South Africa creating long-term scenarios for the both the country and the African continent.

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Jonathan Este

Peter FitzSimons

Angelos Frangopoulos

Jonathan Este is the director of communications with The Media Alliance. A journalist for two decades, he started in the industry with The Australian where he filled a number of roles including media writer and columnist. He joined The Independent newspaper in 2003, where he was part of the team that oversaw the transition from broadsheet to compact format. Since joining the Media Alliance in 2007, Jonathan has been responsible for the Alliance Future of Journalism project, researching and writing widely on the scale and pace of change in the news media.

Former Wallaby Peter FitzSimons writes regular columns for The Sydney Morning Herald and the Sun-Herald, as well as occasionally appearing in such overseas journals as the London Daily Telegraph and International Herald Tribune. As an author, he has written 20 books, including biographies of Nick Farr-Jones, John Eales, Steve Waugh, Kim Beazley, Les Darcy, Nancy Wake and Charles Kingsford Smith. He is Australia’s best selling non-fiction author over the last ten years, with his book on Kokoda having sold over 270,000 copies; Tobruk more than 150,000 copies, and Nancy Wake 200,000 copies.

Angelos Frangopoulos is the chief executive officer of Australian News Channel Pty Ltd. He joined the company in July 1996, five months after the channel’s inception. Before joining Australian News Channel, he held positions at British Sky Broadcasting, the Nine Network and Prime Television Canberra.

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Peter Fray

Peter Gawler

Richard Glover

After graduating from NIDA playwrights studio, Curtin University and Hants Agricultural College, Peter first joined The Sydney Morning Herald in 1987, then leaving in 1990, to become a foundation member of Rural Press’ Australian Rural Times. He rejoined the Herald in 1995 as religious writer. Peter was editor for The Canberra Times and The Sunday Age and prior to that was the deputy editor of The SunHerald.  He has held various reporting and editing roles over a career spanning 25 years. These include European correspondent (London-based) for SMH and The Age, Spectrum editor (SMH), news editor (SMH, The Sunday Age), political correspondent (The Bulletin). January of last year he was appointed editor of The Sydney Morning Herald.

Peter Gawler is a Melbourneborn graduate of the Swinburne Film & Television School. In a career spanning 30 years he has worked as a script editor, script producer and writer on many series, mini-series and telemovies, plus several feature films. His credits include Water Rats, Halifax F.P. and the telemovies The Postcard Bandit, Little Oberon and A Model daughter: The Killing of Caroline Byrne. Peter wrote six episodes of the first Underbelly series, and together with co-writers Felicity Packard and Greg Haddrick won the MiniSeries (Adaptation) Award and the Major Award at the 2008 AWGIES. He has also contributed scripts to Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities and Underbelly: The Golden Mile. Currently he is producing Underbelly: Files, a package of true crime telemovies.

Richard Glover is the author of ten books, including The Mud House – the story of building a mudbrick house in the middle of nowhere with no power tools. He presents the Drive show on ABC radio in Sydney, which includes the weekly comedy hour Thank God It’s Friday, which is available as a podcast. His weekly humour column has been published in the Sydney Morning Herald for over twenty years. He’s also author of Desperate Husbands, In Bed With Jocasta, The Dag’s Dictionary, and The P-Plate Parent (co-written with Angela ebber).

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Trevor Graham

Alison Green

David Higgins

Dr Trevor Graham has worked as a writer, producer and director of documentary in the Australian industry for over 25 years. His documentaries have been broadcast nationally and internationally, winning two Australian Film Institute Awards for Best Documentary and numerous other national and international film and television awards. Throughout 2008 & 2009 he was employed by ABC TV as a Series Producer on the broadcaster’s flagship Indigenous weekly TV strand Message Stick.  He is the co-chair of the Australian International Documentary Conference, and has a Doctorate of Creative Arts from University of Technology Sydney. Graham currently works as an executive producer for Perth based Electric Pictures (www.electricpictures.com. au)

Alison Green is CEO & cofounder of Pantera Press. Born in 2008 around the Green family’s kitchen table, Pantera Press brings together their unusual mix of passions for the arts, business & philanthropy. With her background in psychology and strategy, it was Alison’s creative vision that spotted how to bring the family’s trio of passions and experience together so uniquely. With its good books doing good things™ mantra, authors have potentially more support for their writing, and programs such as The Smith Family’s Lets Read initiative receive a financial boost. All its six books published since May 2010 have already received critical acclaim and reviews, and there are many more planned for 2011 and beyond.

David Higgins is the editor of News Digital Media’s NEWS.com.au website and a former editor of Fairfax’s smh.com.au site. A Walkley Award finalist in 1997 and 2007, David has covered a variety of rounds, including technology, business and general news. He is a former Herald deputy chief of staff and was the founding editor of the paper’s BIZ.com and Radar sections. Follow David on Twitter @cowspanker.

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Fiona Inglis

Liz Jackson

James Kirby

Fiona Inglis worked as an editor for publishers in Australia and the UK before joining Curtis Brown in 1993.

Liz Jackson graduated in Philosophy and Literature from Melbourne University, before studying Law in London. She was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 1978. She joined the ABC in 1986, as a reporter/producer on ABC Radio National, where she won the Walkley award for International Journalism. In 1994 Liz Jackson joined Four Corners. Her reporting work has included the fall of Soeharto , the war in Iraq, and recent troubles in East Timor. In 2005 she presented the ABC’s Media Watch program. She returned to Four Corners in 2006, and won the Gold Walkley for Excellence in Journalism.

James Kirby co-founded Eureka Report with Alan Kohler in late 2004. He edited the online investment magazine for its first five years. Since early 2009 he has been managing editor of Eureka Report and expanded his role to also become managing editor of Business Spectator the free 24-hour business news website. He has previously held senior positions on The Australian Financial Review, The Australian, Business and Finance in Dublin and The South China Morning Post in Hong Kong and Business Review Weekly. He has written several business books, including biographies of Gerry Harvey and Richard Pratt. He is also a weekly columnist on the Sunday Age.

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Malcolm Knox

David Leser

Angelo Loukakis

Malcolm Knox has extensive and diverse experience on most sides of journalism and book publishing. He has held a number of positions at The Sydney Morning Herald. As literary editor, he broke the story of the fake Jordanian memoirist, Norma Khouri, which won him a Walkley Award for investigative journalism in 2004. Since 2000, Malcolm Knox has published six books including the novels Summerland and A Private Man, winner of a Ned Kelly Award and a finalist in seven other Australian and international prizes. His non-fiction book Secrets of the Jury Room won an Alex Buzo Prize for research and was serialised on ABC Radio. Malcolm has also worked as an editorial consultant for the publisher Pan Macmillan Australia.

David Leser is a prominent Australian journalist, author and public interviewer. A former Middle East and North American correspondent, he has been a journalist for 30 years and become widely known in Australia for his in-depth profiles and stories on social and political issues. He has interviewed everyone from John Howard to Xena, the Warrior Princess, Alan Jones to the Dalai Lama. Leser is a three time Walkley Award Finalist, and in 1999 was the winner of the Walkley Award for Feature Writing, for his work “Who’s afraid of Alan Jones”.

Angelo Loukakis has worked as a teacher, scriptwriter, editor and publisher. He is the author of fiction and non-fiction, including most recently a book of the SBS television series Who Do You Think You Are?. His collection of short stories, For the Patriarch, was winner of a New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award. Angelo is a past member of the Literature Board of the Australia Council and chair of the New South Wales Writers’ Centre and is now executive director of the ASA.

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Tony Maniaty

David Marr

Chris Masters

Tony Maniaty has had an extensive career in journalism, starting out with the ABC. He covered the conflict in East Timor in 1975, was diplomatic correspondent for Radio Australia, and in 1991-92 was European correspondent for SBS’ Dateline. His reporting of post-Soviet Eastern Europe included the documentary, Lithuania: Surviving the Revolution, nominated for a Walkley Award for best international report. Tony’s books include The Children Must Dance (1984) and Smyrna (1989) which was shortlisted for The Miles Franklin Award. He is currently a senior lecturer of journalism at the University of Technology, Sydney. He blogs at: http:// www.tonymaniaty.com/ news. Follow Tony on Twitter @ShootingBalibo.

Since starting at The Bulletin in 1974, David Marr has written for the National Times, reported for Four Corners, presented ABC Radio National’s Arts Today and for three years hosted Media Watch before returning to the Sydney Morning Herald where he reports on politics, law, censorship and the arts. Marr’s books include Lives of Sir Garfield Barwick (1980) and Patrick White (1991); Dark Victory (2003) written with his Herald colleague Marian Wilkinson; and last year The Henson Case an analysis of the national uproar provoked by the photographs of Bill Henson.

Chris Masters is the longest serving reporter on Australia’s longest running current affairs television program, Four Corners. His work has earned numerous industry awards including Australia’s most prestigious, the Gold Walkley for his international exclusive on the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior by the French secret service. He received further Walkleys for “Search Without Rescue” about a failed air sea rescue in Bass Straight and “The Coward’s War”, a profile of the Bosnian conflict. “Inside a Holocaust”, his report on genocide in Rwanda received a Logie award. He has been awarded a Public Service Medal for his anti corruption work, as well as a Centenary Medal.

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Gaven Morris

Ben Naparstek

John Nichols

Gaven Morris is the head of continuous news for the ABC. Before taking on this position, Gaven was the head of planning at Al Jazeera English, senior planning editor/ news editor/ reporter/ business news editor at CNN and the political correspondent/ bureau manager at Network Ten Australia. Follow Gaven on Twitter @gavmorris.

Ben Naparstek gained degrees in arts and law from the University of Melbourne before taking up a graduate fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He returned to Melbourne to become editor of The Monthly in May 2009, after eight years of writing about books and ideas for more than 40 newspapers and magazines. He is co-editor of The Jacqueline Rose Reader, due out next year from Duke University Press. In Conversation: Encounters with Great Writers, (Scribe) is his first book. Follow Ben on Twitter @bennaparstek.

John Nichols is an author and political correspondent for US political magazine The Nation and associate editor of The Capital Times in Madison, Wisconsin. He has been blogging for The Nation’s political blog, The Beat, since 1999, with his ideas being quoted in debates held on the floor of Congress. John’s influential thinking has been embraced by US organisations including the Federal Communications Commission, the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Newspaper Guild, with John having presented at American public media conferences, conventions and forums. His recent books include The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution that Will Begin the World Again and Tragedy & Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections and Destroy Democracy.

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Alan Noble

Laurie Oakes

Kerry O’Brien

Alan Noble is engineering director for Google Australia and New Zealand. Alan is an IT entrepreneur and executive with 25 years of international technology leadership and management experience in Australia, the United States and Japan. Since Feb 2007 he has lead Google’s research and development operations in Australia, one of Google’s fastest growing engineering centres and the home of Google Maps.

Laurie Oakes, one of Australia’s foremost political commentators, has had a distinguished career in journalism that spans more than 30 years. He joined The Daily Mirror in 1964 and the next year became state political roundsman. In 1998 he won the Walkley Award for Journalistic Leadership. Oakes is renowned for his probing interviews and Canberra-shaking scoops. In 1997, he broke the travel rorts saga that ended the careers of three ministers and government staffers. Oakes currently presents The Oakes Report, a weekly political interview on Today and files reports for Nine News and Today. Follow Laurie on Twitter @ LaurieOakes.

Kerry O’Brien is one of the most prominent and respected names in Australian journalism. He has won many accolades, including the top award in journalism, the Gold Walkley. Born in Queensland, Kerry started as a news cadet in 1966. He has worked in newspapers, wire service and television news and current affairs, as a general reporter, feature writer, political and foreign correspondent, interviewer and compere. Kerry came to the 7.30 Report after six years as compere/ interviewer of the ABC’s highly respected Lateline program. Since December 1995, Kerry has been editor and compere of the national 7.30 Report. He also anchors and moderates the ABC’s election telecasts.

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Caroline Overington

Jane Palfreyman

Julie Posetti

Caroline Overington is senior writer and columnist for The Australian; a twotime winner of the Walkley Award for Investigative Journalism; a winner of the Sir Keith Murdoch Award for Excellence in Journalism, and the author of two nonfiction books, including Kickback (Allen and Unwin, 2007), an investigation into corruption in the UN oil-for-food program, which won the Blake Dawson Prize for Business Literature. She also has written two novels: her first, Ghost Child (Random House) was an Australian bestseller. Her second, I Came To Say Goodbye (Random House) is out in October. You can read her blog at http://www. carolineoverington.com/. Follow Caroline on Twitter @overingtonc.

Jane Palfreyman is a publisher at independent Australian publisher Allen & Unwin. Before joining A&U Jane was head of publishing and executive publisher at Random House for over 12 years. She has published three Miles Franklin Award winners and many awardwinning Australian writers, including Tom Keneally, Michelle de Kretser, Christos Tsiolkas, Don Watson and Barry Hill.

As a radio and television journalist with the ABC, Julie Posetti reported politics and social affairs at the national level. In recognition of a series of reports on racism and Hansonism for ABC Radio Current Affairs (AM and PM) she was awarded the 1996 Human Rights Award for Radio by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission. The same year, Julie was also a Walkley finalist for Best Investigative Story for an AM series on the abuse of children in state care. Julie now teaches journalism at the University of Canberra and freelances for online publications and blogs including Crikey, New Matilda and J-Scribe. Follow Julie on Twitter @julie_posetti.

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Alice Pung

Campbell Reid

Stephen Romei

Alice Pung is a Melbourne based writer and lawyer. Her book Unpolished Gem (Black Inc) won the Australian Book Industry Award’s Newcomer of the Year Award in 2007, and was short-listed for numerous other state and national awards, including the Premier’s Literary Awards in Victoria and New South Wales. Alice’s second book Growing Up Asian In Australia is a collection of edited stories about identity and belonging from prominent Asian-Australians. She is a frequent contributor to The Monthly, The Age, The Australian, The Good Weekend, MEANJIN and The Best Australian Stories. Alice blogs at http://www. alicepung.com/blog.

Campbell Reid joined News Limited in 1981. He worked as reporter and feature writer at The Daily Telegraph until his appointment as chief-ofstaff in February 1988. Later that year he moved to the US to head News Limited’s New York bureau, then took up assistant editorship of The Daily Telegraph upon his return to Australia in 1991, a position he held for six years. In July 1997, Campbell was appointed editor of The Australian and in 2001 became editor for The Daily Telegraph for four years. In 2005 he took up position as general manager for Queensland Newspapers, a position he held for two years. He returned to News Limited in Sydney in August 2007 as group editorial director.

Stephen Romei has been a journalist for more than 25 years. He has been editor of The Australian Literary Review since January 2007. Stephen is a contributing writer for The Punch and regularly writes on his blog, A Pair of Ragged Claws. He blogs at http://blogs. theaustralian.news.com. au/alr/. Follow Stephen on Twitter @PairRaggedClaws.

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Jay Rosen

Olivia Rousset

Mark Scott

Jay Rosen teaches journalism at New York University and is a former chair of the department. In 1999, Yale University Press published his book, What Are Journalists FOR? which is about the rise of the civic journalism movement in the 1990s. He is the author of PressThink, a weblog about journalism and its ordeals, which he introduced in September 2003. In July 2006 Rosen announced the debut NewAssignment. Net, his experimental site for pro-am, open source reporting projects. In 200708 he was the co-publisher, with Arianna Huffington, of OfftheBus.Net, collaborating NewAssignment.Net and the Huffington Post. In 2009 he founded the Studio 20 program at NYU, which is focused on innovation. He lives in Manhattan. He blogs at http://journalism. nyu.edu/pubzone/weblogs/ pressthink/. Follow Jay on Twitter @jayrosen_nyu.

Olivia Rousset has worked as a freelance documentary director and video journalist since 1997 when she won ABC TV’s inaugural, Race Around the World. Olivia has received numerous Walkley nominations and awards and since having a child in 2007, Olivia has been teaching documentary production and TV journalism at UTS, while developing her own documentary projects.

Prior to his appointment as ABC managing director, Mark Scott spent almost 12 years in a variety of editorial and executive positions with John Fairfax Publications. From 2003 to 2005 he was editor-in-chief, Metropolitan newspapers, and during 2005 became editor-in-chief of Metropolitan, Regional and Community newspapers. From November 2005 he was editorial director, with responsibility for the management and editorial direction of the newspaper divisions and websites along with the editorial and commercial performance of the Fairfax newspaper magazine division. Follow Mark on Twitter @abcmarkscott.

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Jess Scully

Margaret Simons

Fenella Souter

With a focus on storytelling, whether through independent print publications, online platforms or real-world events, Jess Scully develops concepts, content and strategy for creative projects. This can include producing publications from concept to distribution, co-ordinating arts projects and events, or building relationships with partners, media and industry advocates. Most recently Jess ran the second Creative Sydney conference as part of VIVID Sydney.

Margaret Simons is a freelance journalist, author and convenor of journalism at Swinburne University of Technology. She is also the Chair of the recently established Foundation for Public Interest Journalism. Margaret writes media commentary for crikey. com.au and for her blog, The Content Makers. Follow Margaret on Twitter @margaretsimons.

Fenella Souter was editor of Good Weekend, the feature magazine in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, between 1997 and early 2004. In that time, the magazine became the most successful and widely read magazines in Australia. Over her 25 years as a journalist, she has had extensive editing and magazine production experience and worked closely with many of Australia’s best-known feature writers. Before Good Weekend, she was editor of HQ magazine at Australian Consolidated Press, where she worked for seven years. She has also been a writer for a number of publications including HQ and The Bulletin. After resigning as editor of Good Weekend in 2004, she returned to writing and is now a senior feature writer with the magazine. She has served on the Media Alliance Ethics Committee and has been a Walkley judge.

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Stilgherrian

Sam Strong

Jenny Tabakoff

Stilgherrian is a writer, broadcaster and consultant based in Sydney, Australia. He covers the intersection of technology, politics and media for Crikey, ZDNet Australia, ABC Unleashed, ewmatilda.com, his own website (http://stilgherrian. com/) and others. Stilgherrian presents ZDNet Australia’s podcast Patch Monday and his own The 9pm Edict, is a regular on the podcast A Series of Tubes, and produced audio programs for Telstra and IBM Asia-Pacific before the word “podcast” came into use. After studying computing science and linguistics at the University of Adelaide, Stilgherrian became a broadcaster, first with Radio 5UV (now Radio Adelaide) and then as a producer and presenter with ABC Radio.

Sam Strong is an awardwinning theatre director, dramaturg and the current artistic director of Griffin Theatre Company. Sam’s directing credits include: David Hare’s The Power of Yes (Company B Belvoir); Madagascar (Melbourne Theatre Company); Faces in the Crowd (Red Stitch) and Thom Pain (based on nothing) (B Sharp). As a dramaturg and script editor/assessor, Sam has worked for Company B Belvoir, where he was the literary associate between 2008 and 2010 and for Red Stitch as the dramaturg in residence from 2007 to 2008. Sam has also been admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Jenny Tabakoff is a freelance writer and journalist. She began her career on The Sydney Morning Herald, where she was founding editor of Good Living section and also edited Spectrum and other sections. She spent a decade working in Britain as a senior features journalist on The Times and London’s Daily Telegraph. She has coauthored two books (on the subjects of shopping and style), and is married with three children.

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Karim Temsamani

James Tuckerman

Malcolm Turnbull

Karim Temsamani is the managing director for Google, Australia and New Zealand. Prior to this, Karim studied at the European Business School in Paris, later going on to working in a number of roles and organisations including, commercial and group magazine director at Fairfax Media, vice-president and publisher at Time Inc. and managing director at Hachette Filipacchi Media Australia.

James Tuckerman is the founder and editor of Australian Anthill (http:// anthillonline.com/) – a media company dedicated to educating innovators and entrepreneurs. He is responsible for the launch of numerous initiatives and programs dedicated to the promotion and development of new and innovative Australian businesses, such as the Cool Company Awards, 30under30, the SMART 100 and Pitch Club. Follow James on Twitter @anthillvc.

Malcolm Turnbull is the member for Wentworth. He was leader of the opposition from September 2008 until December 2009. He was a Rhodes Scholar in 1978, completing a further law degree at Oxford University. Prior to entering Parliament, Malcolm had successful careers in journalism, law, and in business, including cofounding OzEmail in 1994 and has also been head of the Australian Republican Movement. Follow Malcolm on Twitter @TurnbullMalcolm.

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Claire Wardle

Christopher Warren

Susan Wyndham

Claire Wardle is a digital media consultant, trainer and researcher, specialising in journalism, social media and UGC. She has developed and is currently facilitating a programme of training and consultancy on web tools and social media for the BBC College of Journalism.

Christopher Warren is the federal secretary of the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance, the union of people who inform and entertain Australia and New Zealand. As federal secretary, he is responsible for coordinating the industrial and professional campaigns of the organization on issues to build a strong and independent media and entertainment sector that provides fair wages and conditions for creative workers. He has spoken and written widely on issues affecting the sector. A journalist, Chris is also CEO of the Walkley Foundation for Excellence in Journalism and a longtime trustee of the $3 billion Media Super. He is immediate past president of the International Federation of Journalists.

Susan Wyndham is literary editor of The Sydney Morning Herald. She has been a journalist for almost 30 years. After starting as a cadet with the Herald, she has been a news reporter, feature writer, editor of Good Weekend magazine, New York correspondent for The Australian, and a deputy editor of the Herald. In 2008 she published her first book, Life In His Hands: the true story of a neurosurgeon and a pianist.

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Charlotte Wood

Lawrie Zion

Charlotte Wood is a novelist, editor and occasional journalist. She edited Brothers & Sisters, an anthology of writing about siblings (2009) and her novels are The Children, The Submerged Cathedral and Pieces of a Girl. Her books have been shortlisted for various prizes including the Australian Book Industry Awards, the Miles Franklin Award and the regional Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. She has just finished her fourth novel.

Lawrie Zion is a senior lecturer at La Trobe University where he coordinates the journalism programs, and is one of the co-ordinators for the Master of Global Communications degree. He is also editor-in-chief of online magazine upstart, which showcases student writing. He worked for nine years at ABC radio (Triple J). From 2004 to 2006 he was the film writer for The Australian, and he has written for The Age, Hollywood Reporter, and Rolling Stone Australia. More recently Lawrie wrote a documentary about the Australian accent called The Sounds of Aus, which won the 2008 Chicago Hugo prize for best international documentary. Follow Lawrie on Twitter @ lzion.

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