New News 2015: The Pitch: Access the Editors
Trying to get your first break in the seemingly closed shop that is the media? Trying to freelance but getting nowhere? Or simply hoping to access new editors and audiences?
We’ve assembled some of Melbourne’s top editors in the one place for audience members to pitch ideas to Crikey, SPOOK, Saturday Paper, Meanjin and Saturday Age editors.
Simon Mann of the Citizen does the introductions. Editors include Simon Mann, Marni Cordell, Jonathan Green, Erik Jensen, Nick Melin and Margaret Easterbrook.
Simon Mann is the editor of The Citizen. Launched in 2013, The Citizen showcases the work of students in the Master of Journalism program at the Centre for Advancing Journalism.
A journalist for more than 30 years, Simon has held a series of senior reporting and editing roles at the Age, and is a two-time foreign correspondent having been based in Europe and, more recently, Washington DC. He was awarded the Walkley Award for international journalism in 1999 for his coverage of the war in Kosovo and refugee crisis in the neighboring Balkan states.
Marni Cordell is the editor of Crikey. She is the former editor and owner of news website, New Matilda, and is a strong believer in independent media.
Jonathan Green has been a working journalist since the late 1970s. This makes him both very old and reasonably experienced. After an early degree-ending flirtation with public radio, the bulk of Jonathan’s career has been spent in newspapers, beginning with a cadetship at the Canberra Times and taking in a small Cook’s tour of Australian dailies: the Melbourne Herald, the Herald Sun, the Sunday Herald, the Sunday Age and the Age. In mid-2015 he was appointed as editor of the literary quarterly Meanjin.
Erik Jensen is the founding editor of The Saturday Paper. He has won the Walkley Award for Young Print Journalist of the Year and the United Nation’s Media Peace Award. He is the author of Acute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen.
Margaret Easterbrook is editor of the Saturday Age, a position she has held for three years. In her 25 years at the Age, she has held numerous editing and reporting positions. Highlights have included editing the weekend features section, Insight, night news editing, reporting from the Age's Canberra bureau, writing on media issues and covering Melbourne's failed bid for the 1996 Olympics. Away from journalism, Margaret is a keen traveller.