New News: Watching Me, Watching You
What will become of the rights of investigative journalists and whistleblowers in the wake of Snowden, Assange and Manning? How can our media balance investigative surveillance with the government’s proposed new national security measures and freedom of speech? We’ll discuss the ethical issues and how to balance the public’s right to know with the law.
With Paul Farrell, Guardian Australia, Andrea Carson, University of Melbourne and Suelette Dreyfus, University of Melbourne. Chaired by Margaret Simons, director, Centre for Advancing Journalism.
Paul Farrell is a reporter at Guardian Australia. He produces investigations about immigration detention, national security and corporate affairs. He's broken major stories about Australia's immigration detention system and was the lead reporter on the Nauru files, the largest cache of leaked documents ever published from within Australia's immigration detention system.
Dr Andrea Carson is a lecturer in Media and Politics at the University of Melbourne. She is also an honorary fellow at the University’s Centre for Advancing Journalism. Her main research areas are the relationship between news media and democracy; the role of investigative journalism; and political communication.
Suelette Dreyfus is a Research Fellow in the Department of Computing and Information Systems at The University of Melbourne. She is the Principal Researcher on the World Online Whistleblowing Survey, and part of an international team looking at the impact of technology on whistleblowing about wrongdoing.
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 Herald, Griffith Review, the Monthly and other publications.