New News: What’s Happening in Australian Journalism?

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.

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


Portrait of Kate Torney

Kate Torney

Kate Torney was announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of the State Library of Victoria in July 2015. State Library Victoria is Victoria’s oldest cultural institution and Australia’s busiest public library, with over 2 million visitors each year and more than 4 million visits online.

From April 2009 Kate was Director of News at the ABC, leading 1400 journalists and production staff around Australia and in 11 international bureaus. Kate was a member of the ABC’s executive leadership team and reported to the Managing Director. She managed a $200 million divisional budget and was in charge of programme teams including 7.30Four Corners and Australian Story, along with ABC’s reporting teams across the country and around the world.

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 Damon Johnston

Damon Johnston

Damon has been editor of the Herald Sun since July 2012.

Portrait of Mark Forbes

Mark Forbes

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.

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.

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