New News: Future Careers in Journalism

New News: Future Careers in Journalism

Careers in news media are being transformed. The old hacks talk of gloom and doom, but that is never going to be acceptable for those who have their careers ahead of them. Hear what some of the best and brightest of the new generation of journalists think about where the path forward will lead, and what they believe is needed to ensure a healthy future for journalism.

With Liam Mannix (the Age), Connor Tomas O’Brien (Emerging Writers' Festival, Digital Writers' Festival, and Bec Zajac (Overland, The Citizen). Chaired by Helen Sykes (Future Leaders).

Supported by Future Leaders

New News was presented in partnership with the Wheeler Centre and the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne.


Portrait of Bec Zajac

Bec Zajac

Bec Zajac works for Overland magazine, broadcasts on 3CR community radio and is undertaking a Master of Journalism at the University of Melbourne. She has written for the Age, the Sunday Age, Crikey, The Brooklyn Rail, The Citizen, Overland and New Matilda, and produced work for Channel 31.

Portrait of Connor Tomas O'Brien

Connor Tomas O'Brien

Connor Tomas O’Brien was the Wheeler Centre's Digital Content Producer from May 2015 to June 2016. He was also inaugural director of the Digital Writers’ Festival and Digital Programs director at the Emerging Writers' Festival. He is also designer of Voiceworks magazine and co-founder of ebookstore platform He is working on a novel examining the nature of memory in our hyperconnected, hypermediated 'like economy'.

Portrait of Helen Sykes

Helen Sykes

Helen Sykes is the Director of Future Leaders, President of the Trust for Young Australians, Chair of The Australian Collaboration, Associate of Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, Member of the Future Justice Executive, Summit Governor of the Hillary Institute, Board Member of the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and of the Public Interest Journalism Foundation. She has published and edited many books.

Portrait of Liam Mannix

Liam Mannix

Liam Mannix is a 23-year-old journalist recently arrived at the Age from InDaily in Adelaide, South Australia. He specializes in journalism innovation - in particular in the growth fields of data and interactive journalism, work for which he has won two Young Australian Journalist of the Year Walkleys.

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