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Media Makers: Journalism Then & Now

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What's it like to be a political reporter today, when breaking news is measured by second-by-second tweets (instead of next-day newspapers)? How has it changed over the decades?

In this Fifth Estate special, recorded live at Melbourne Writers Festival 2015, we hear from Fairfax's Latika Bourke and ABC TV's Barrie Cassidy. Hosted by Sally Warhaft.

Photo of the panel, by @Mimosa83 (Twitter)

Who?

Portrait of Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She hosts the Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, now in its ninth year. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.

Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio and has a PhD in anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India, living by the seashore with the local fishing community.

Portrait of Barrie Cassidy

Barrie Cassidy

Barrie Cassidy is host of the ABC's top rating Sunday morning political discussion program Insiders – now in its 14th year. Until recently he also hosted the sporting equivalent companion program Offsiders.

Barrie has been a journalist for 47 years – and a political journalist since 1977. He has worked as a political correspondent for ABC news and 7.30 and as a foreign correspondent in Washington and Brussels. He was senior press secretary and senior political adviser to prime minister Bob Hawke from 1986 to 1990. 

Portrait of Latika Bourke

Latika Bourke

Latika Bourke is well known as a keen user of social media in her work as a political journalist in Canberra. She has previously reported for 2UE Radio, the ABC and now Fairfax publications, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Her latest pursuit is the product of a personal adventure. Her first book, From India with Love, is Bourke's personal story of being adopted from India as a baby and journeying back as an adult.

The Fifth Estate

The important stories of the day – off the front pages.

Sally Warhaft hosts a dizzying array of guests from the worlds of politics, culture, international relations and beyond, in a witty and revealing analysis of current affairs.