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New News: The Amazing Race: Reporting on Elections
Serious news to sustain democracy, or all the fun of the fair? Nowhere are recent changes and developments in journalism more apparent than in election reporting: live counts, AR data visualisation, real-time statistical modelling and visual storytelling still leave one question hanging – how much influence does media have over elections?
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.
Cathy Harper is the editor of Election Watch, the University of Melbourne’s digital publication on elections – currently covering the US presidential election. She has 15 years experience as a journalist and producer in news and current affairs at the ABC and SBS, as well as seven years as an Australian stringer for NPR in Washington DC.
Matthew Knott is a political reporter in the Canberra press gallery for The Sydney Morning Herald and the Age. In 2015 he was awarded the Wallace Brown award for the press gallery's best young reporter. Before this he worked as Crikey's media editor and a reporter at The Power Index.
Mark Di Stefano is BuzzFeed’s political editor based in Australia. He is a former ABC News reporter. Mark regularly appears as a political commentator on ABC's Insiders, Channel 10's The Project and on Sky News.
Andrew Hunter is MSN’s editor-in-chief, overseeing the Australian operations of Microsoft’s global content business. Andrew is a founder of the Share Wars social media project and co-author of the book All Your Friends Like This – How Social Networks Took Over News.