New News: What’s Happening in Australian Journalism?
Australia’s leading editorial executives will be quizzed on the performance of journalism in Australia, and the main issues facing journalism over the last year – and in the year ahead. Will we award them an A+ or suggest they could do better?
With Kate Torney (director of news, ABC), Mark Forbes (news director, the Age), Emily Wilson (editor, Guardian Australia) and Damon Johnston (editor, the Herald Sun). Chaired by Margaret Simons, director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism.
Kate Torney became director of news at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 2009, after a long career as a broadcast reporter, producer, bureau chief, executive producer and editor.
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.
Damon has been editor of the Herald Sun since July 2012.
Mark was appointed to the editor in chief of the Age in April this year. For the past three years Mark Forbes has been News Director of the Age, responsible for content across all platforms, social, online, mobile, iPad and print, as the operational leader of the newsroom.
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.