New News: Prophecies and Mediums

New News: Prophecies and Mediums

As Twitter becomes old hat and the iPad part of normal life, what will the next disruptive technology be – and how will it be used by journalists? We look at how the medium inevitably influences the message, and predict what might come next.

With Isabelle Oderberg, social media lead, Red Cross, Emily Wilson, editor, Guardian Australia, Zac Zavos, Conversant Media and Ben Barren, SocialDesk. Chaired by Margaret Simons, director, Centre for Advancing Journalism.

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


Portrait of Margaret Simons

Margaret Simons

Margaret Simons is Associate Professor in the School of Media, Film and Journalism, Monash University. In 2015, she won the Walkley Award for Social Equity Journalism. Her recent books include Six Square Metres, Self-Made Man: The Kerry Stokes Story, What's Next in Journalism?, Journalism at the Crossroads and Malcolm Fraser: The Political Memoirs, co-written with former Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser. The latter won both the Book of the Year and the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2011. 

In addition to her academic work, Margaret regularly writes for the Saturday Paper, the Age, the Sydney Morning HeraldGriffith Review, the Monthly and other publications.

Isabelle Oderberg

Isabelle Oderberg heads up social media at Australian Red Cross and sits on the committee of The Melbourne Press Club.

Portrait of Zac Zavos

Zac Zavos

Zac Zavos is the co-founder and managing director of Conversant Media, an online company that produces the Australian culture website Lost At E Minor, the sports opinion website, The Roar, and the mainstream tech website Techly.

Portrait of Emily Wilson

Emily Wilson

Emily Wilson is editor-in-chief of Guardian Australia. Emily joined the Guardian 14 years ago and has worked as health editor, science section editor, features editor, news section editor and most recently network editor of the UK edition of the Guardian’s website.

Portrait of Ben Barren

Ben Barren

Ben Barren is founder of, which develops new types of performance social advertising and is an expert in tracking brands in social media. Ben has 20 years’ experience in new and social media with a focus on developing new advertising products.

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